Earlier today, Juventus confirmed that they would be signing Aaron Ramsey on a free transfer from Arsenal when his contract expires this June.
In a statement on their website, they said:
Turin, 11 February 2019 – Juventus Football Club S.p.A. announces that a contract of employment with the player Aaron James Ramsey, effective as of 1st July 2019 and expiring on 30 June 2023, has been signed. As a result of the registration of the player, Juventus will incur additional costs of € 3.7 million, to be paid within 10th July 2019.
According to David Ornstein, the deal will see the Welshman earn somewhere in the region of £400,000 a week before tax, and his 11 year tenure at Arsenal will come to an end this summer.
However, there’s still plenty of football to play this season, and with a chase for the top four and the Europa League still to play for, we’ll need him to contribute if we want to achieve our aims between now and May.
In a statement this evening, the 28 year old confirmed his departure, but also assured fans that he’d give his best in the last months of his career in North London.
As you may have already heard, I have agreed a pre-contract with Juventus Football Club.
I wanted to issue a personal statement for all the Arsenal fans who have been extremely loyal and supportive. You welcomed me as a teenager and have been there for me through all the highs and lows I’ve encountered during my time at the club. It is with a heavy heart that I leave after 11 incredible years in North London. Thank you.
I will continue to give the team 100% and hope to finish the season strongly, before heading on to my next chapter in Turin.
Having scored two FA Cup final winners for the club in 2014 and 2017, there’s still a chance he could make it a hat-trick with the Europa League. Wouldn’t that be the perfect way to bow out?
Ramsey will link up with former teammate Wojciech Szczesny in Turin next season, while Arsenal will have to find a replacement in the transfer market without the benefit of receiving a fee for a top class player.