By Ayebare Mariam
Aaron Ramsey has revealed he sought the advice of a Juventus legend before he accepted the iconic No 8 shirt after joining the club this summer.
The Welshman was officially unveiled by the Italian champions on Monday afternoon in Turin and he was quizzed on the responsibilities that come with wearing the No 8 shirt worn by Claudio Marchisio, Antonio Conte and Didier Deschamps.
Ramsey wore the shirt number while at Arsenal and was keen to retain it in Italy after a meeting with Marchisio at the club’s medical base.
‘I wanted the No 8, I wore it at Arsenal and when it was free here I had to take it with both hands,’ Ramsey said.
‘I know Marchisio was an unbelievable player, grew up here and had a fantastic career. I spoke to him a couple of times in J Medical.
‘If I can emulate what he did for Juventus I would be pretty proud of that. I know it comes with responsibilities but I am ready for that.’
Ramsey will hope to push Juventus on to Champions League glory as they chase their first European Cup since 1996.