Aaron Ramsey has uttered the words that many Arsenal fans now loathe to hear, with the Welshman revealing that he has a desire to play for Barcelona at some point in his career, as reported by The Guardian.
The tireless midfielder has been linked with a big money move to the Catalan giants, and was recently asked how he felt about the £50m (via The Guardian) fee being bandied around.
Ramsey claims he is “flattered” by Barcelona’s interest, but thankfully goes on to say that he is fully committed to Arsenal – for the moment at least.
“Obviously it’s very flattering,” Ramsey said, as quoted by the Guardian.
“They did the treble last year and it’s just really nice to be linked with one of the best clubs in the world.
“One day I would like to go over to Spain to play just to see what it’s like and to experience that. But at the moment I’m with Arsenal and I feel like this Arsenal team can go and be successful and challenge for things.”
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We have a bit of a history with Barcelona, having pinched the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Hector Bellerin from their youth academy. They have also poached a number of players from us too however, with the likes of Thierry Henry, Alex Song, and obviously there was the return of Fabregas.
It would be a huge blow to lose Ramsey to the La Liga champions, regardless of the fee we get. We are past the point where we have to sell our best players, so finances shouldn’t really come into it.
We are building a team capable of challenging for the Premier League and the Champions League, and losing one of our best players would be a massive step backwards.