Aaron Ramsey has signed a staggering £400,000-a-week pre- contract deal at Juventus that will net him £83 million over four years.
Ramsey wrote on social media on Monday night:
‘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 I leave after 11 incredible years in north London.
‘I will continue to give the team 100 per cent and hope to finish the season strongly before heading to my next chapter in Turin.’
Ramsey will become one of only six British players to sign for Juventus. Two of them were also Welsh — John Charles and Ian Rush. But whereas Charles picked up just £20 a week, Ramsey will join football’s highest earners at a club that already boasts Cristiano Ronaldo, who earns £28m a year.
Ramsey completed a two-part medical with Juventus last month and will join the club on July 1 — bringing to an end his 11-year career at Arsenal.