Tuesday, 25 June, 2019

EPL: Aaron Ramsey takes pay cut to leave Arsenal

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Cary Erickson | 10 January, 2019, 19:56

He is in line to earn up to £140,00 a week with the Italian club, which works out at £7.2 million a season, although Cristiano Ronaldo is Juventus' highest-paid player.

After serving 11 years at Arsenal, the 28-year-old has made a decision to start a new journey with the Italian Champions Juventus where he'll be playing alongside the former Manchester United and Real Madrid man Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Italian champions Juve are nine points clear at the top of Serie A as they chase an eighth successive title. They are once again in the last 16 of this year's competition, where they are facing Atlético Madrid.

That partly explains why Ramsey's game time has been limited and is among the factors attracting him to Juventus, where manager Massimiliano Allegri tends to operate with a three-man midfield. He is likely to replace one of Emre Can, Rodrigo Bentancur and Sami Khedira, with the latter possibly leaving the club in the summer.

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Having joined from his hometown club Cardiff City for £4.8m in 2008, Ramsey has scored 62 goals in 354 appearances for Arsenal and won the FA Cup in 2014, 2015 and 2017. It's quite a steal for Juventus who won't be paying any transfer fee for Ramsey, someone who is easily worth £85 million in this inflated market for the quality he brings into any side.

With Arsenal choosing to renew the contract of Mesut Özil - another star whose deal was due to expire this summer - they put themselves in a position where they could not re-sign Ramsey too.

Meanwhile, head coach Unai Emery had reservations about Ramsey's role in his squad.