Rush: Ramsey can be ‘special’ for Juventus like Ronaldo

Aaron Ramsey can be “something special” at Juventus just like Cristiano Ronaldo, says former Bianconeri star Ian Rush.

The 28-year-old midfielder appears set to call time on his decade-long stay at Arsenal in the summer following a breakdown in talks over a contract extension.

Now that he’s free to enter negotiations with clubs outside of England, due to his contract having now entered it’s final six months, Ramsey has been strongly linked with Juventus.

The Bianconeri have already confirmed their interest in acquiring Ramsey for next season with reports stating that a medical has already taken place.

Despite all the star names in the Juventus team, however, Liverpool and Wales legend Rush is tipping Ramsey to star at Turin in what he believes is a “fantastic” move for his compatriot.

“I think [Juventus] is a fantastic move for him,” Rush told ESPN.

“When I went there it was an industrial city but it’s come on a million times better since I was there.

“I think Juventus are an amazing club. They’ve still got connections with the Agnelli family, Andrea Agnelli is the president there and Gianni Agnelli was the owner when I was there. So they are very passionate about it.

“I think he’d do really well, you’ve got Ronaldo there to play with and all that, so that’s something special. But I think Aaron will be something special for Juventus and I’m sure he’ll enjoy it.”

Rush himself spent the 1987/88 season at Juventus, where he registered 14 goals in 39 appearances before returning to Liverpool.

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He added: “Times have changed. When I was there I had to do everything myself.

“Now it’s moved on that much that everything is done for them and the most important thing for him is to concentrate on his football, his attacking play and all that.

“He’ll learn the language when he’s ready and that’s what it’s all about. He’s got six months to learn it, I had 12 months as well.

“The most important thing in Italy is you have to be confident in what you do. If I went to Italy now, I would tell them: ‘I’m Ian Rush, I’m the best footballer in the world.’

“If I had done that for Liverpool, the other teams would say: ‘OK, let’s see how good you are.’ It’s completely different to the English way, the English helped each other.

“First impressions [are] a big thing in Italy and I would say to Aaron: ‘Go there, be confident and tell them how good you are’ and all that, give them one sentence in Italian and his first impression that will be job done for him.”


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