Ramsey pushing himself to be the best
July 22, 2012 07:52 am
Aaron Ramsey is convinced there is much more to come from him despite a dazzling start to his fledgling football career.
The Arsenal midfielder could add another entry to his already impressive curriculum vitae next week if he steps out on to the pitch with Team GB to taste Olympic Games action for the first, and perhaps only, time.
That would cap a remarkable rise which has seen him break into the first team at Cardiff as a teenager before winning a £5million move to Arsenal, where he has established himself as a genuine first-team player on both the domestic and European stages.
He has also excelled at senior international level, where the late Gary Speed appointed him captain of his country at the age of just 20, in the process making him the youngest man to hold the office.
But for all his success, Ramsey has also had to contend with the misery of a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering an horrific double leg fracture in a challenge by Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross in February 2010, which it was feared at one point might drastically truncate a promising career.
He said: "I have certainly done a lot so far in my short career, but I am delighted with how it's gone so far, apart from my injury. I missed about 10 months, which stalled my progress and obviously it takes a bit of time to get over that as well afterwards.
"I have been pleased with what I have done so far, but I still think there is a lot more to come from me, and I am working hard and wanting to learn more every day to become the best player I can possibly become."
Ramsey's right leg still bears the scar of his misfortune, but a man with a bright future ahead of him prefers to look forward rather than back.
He said: "I'd rather it not be there, but I am delighted with the way I recovered from it, and the medical staff and the surgeons and everything, I am just thankful for what they have done to me.
"It's amazing what they can do these days. I was back up on my feet a couple of days after the operation trying to walk on it again, and it's just incredible what they can do."
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