I told Aaron’s agent he couldn’t go wrong at Juve. He’s got a great chance of rul­ing Europe

Sunday Mirror - - TRAVEL - BY JOHN RICHARDSON

IAN RUSH be­lieves Aaron Ram­sey’s sur­prise move to Ju­ven­tus can see him fol­low in Welsh com­pa­triot Gareth Bale’s shoes and be­come a Cham­pi­ons League win­ner.

De­spite only spend­ing one sea­son at Juve, Rush was quick to of­fer his seal of ap­proval to the Gun­ner for the forth­com­ing sum­mer move to Turin.

He also re­vealed that Bay­ern Mu­nich and Paris Saint-Ger­main were also des­per­ate to sign the 28-year-old, once Arse­nal an­nounced they were pre­pared to al­low the mid­fielder’s con­tract to run down.

“Aaron’s agent rang me about Ju­ven­tus and I told him they couldn’t go wrong choos­ing to go to Italy. They have great sup­port and they will have a fan­tas­tic chance of win­ning the Cham­pi­ons League,” said Rush.

“I said it would be a great move for him. I know that Bay­ern Mu­nich and PSG also wanted him which made Arse­nal’s de­ci­sion even more strange.

“Surely when you have three huge clubs want­ing to sign your player he must be a bit spe­cial? It’s a team that will suit his style of play. He will also have Cris­tiano Ron­aldo feed­ing off him.

“I still have ties with the club and the Agnelli fam­ily are in con­trol as they were when I was there. They love their foot­ball and be­lieve it should be played the right way.

“Their goal is to win the Cham­pi­ons League. That will be the case again next sea­son when Ram­sey is there.

“Aaron has seen Gareth Bale win the Cham­pi­ons League and he would love to do the same. That would be a great achieve­ment for him.”

And, as an­other lauded Welsh­man John Charles dis­cov­ered, overed, hero sta­tus can come your our way with

The Old Lady.

“John Charles is still till revered in Turin,” added Rush. ush. “He was sim­ply the best. I know when I was there ‘ The

Gen­tle Gi­ant’ was as re­garded as the best ever for­eigner to play in Italy, ahead of Diego

Maradona and

Michel Pla­tini. He was at

Ju­ven­tus for five years. s. He used to come out and see me when I was at Ju­ven­tus. He was treated like a god and rightly so.

“Qual­ity play­ers only come along so often and it’s t’s amaz­ing to think Aaron Ram­sey msey and I have both fol­lowed in n the great

John Charles’ foot­steps ot­steps by wear­ing the Ju­ven­tus shirt. My dad al­ways thought he was the best player ever be­cause he could play cen­tre-half or cen­tre-for­ward. The only rea­son why Wales lost to Brazil in the 1958 World Cup quar­ter-fi­nal was be­cause John Charles was in­jured.”

Ram­sey’s im­pend­ing move to Ju­ven­tus also gives Rush ( below) the op­por­tu­nity to put the record straight on his sea­son-long stay in Italy be­fore re­join­ing Liver­pool – one that has often been re­ported as a dis­as­ter.

But he main­tained: “It was the best move I made, not be­cause of the fi­nan­cial re­wards, but be­cause I learned more about Euro­pean foot­ball in those 12 months mont than I would have done stay­ing in Eng­land. I came back a bet­ter player and that helped my­self and a Liver­pool, es­pe­cially in Europ Euro­pean games.

““Diego Maradona was the t top league scorer that sea­son with 15 for Napoli and I got seven. I ended up with 14 goals in to­tal, which was good go­ing when the game was very de­fen de­fen­sive.”

It was w also a time when play­ers didn’t have the sup­port and help which is the norm these days.

“I co couldn’t speak Ital­ian and no one spo spoke English. Aaron will be well looked looke af­ter, and rightly so.

“He is also al com­ing into a team that will win th the league again and again. “I’m look look­ing for­ward to go­ing back to Ju­vent Ju­ven­tus to see him play.”

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