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19.08.2019 Football News

‘Proud Moment’ As Ramsey Makes Juventus Debut

By AFP
‘Proud Moment’ As Ramsey Makes Juventus Debut
LISTEN AUG 19, 2019

Aaron Ramsey made his debut for Italian champions Juventus on Saturday in their final pre-season friendly, a 1-0 win over Serie C side Triestina.

The Welsh international midfielder and former Arsenal star, who signed a four-year deal in February worth a reported seven million euros a season, came on for Federico Bernardeschi in the 70th minute of the game in Trieste.

“This was a very proud moment for me to put on this famous jersey,” said Ramsey who hadn’t played since April due to a hamstring injury.

“I am happy that I got a few minutes out there tonight. I have been working hard to get back fit and hopefully, now I can stay fit.

“I know I haven’t had the minutes on the pitch, apart from tonight, but I feel good physically. It will take a few games to get there.”

Ramsey won three FA Cups in his 11 years at Arsenal and played a key role in Wales reaching the semifinals of Euro 2016.

“I am really excited to be a part of it and experience the Italian league,” he continued.

“We start now on Saturday, so I am looking forward to that and playing my first competitive match.”

Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo did not make the trip to north-eastern Italy because of muscular problems, while coach Maurizio Sarri was also absent because of flu.

A stunning Paulo Dybala goal after 38 minutes was enough to seal a win for the reigning Serie A champions.

The Argentine, who has been linked with a move away from Turin, celebrated wildly but then missed a penalty in the second half.

Ramsey, meanwhile, threatened with a quick one-two with Gonzalo Higuain, back from a loan spell to Chelsea, but sent the ball just wide of the goal.

Juventus begin their quest for a ninth consecutive league title at Parma on August 24.

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