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Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey flattered by Barcelona interest

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Aaron Ramsey has sent shivers down the spines of Arsenal fans after confirming his desire to play in Spain at some point in his career.

The Welshman also described reported interest from La Liga champions Barcelona as "flattering" but also insisted that he was committed to the Gunners for the foreseeable future.

Ramsey has grown into a key player in the last two seasons having previously struggled to establish himself in Arsene Wenger's squad.

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Joining from Cardiff in 2008, Ramsey worked his way into the first-team as a teenager but a broken leg, suffered so infamously at Stoke City, hampered his progress and put his Arsenal career in jeopardy.

However, the 24-year-old came of age in the 2013/14 season, scoring ten goals and creating eight more in just 20 Premier League starts.

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That form earned him a new contract worth £100,000-a-week and also saw him attract the interest of Luis Enrique's Barcelona.

“They did the treble last year and it’s just really nice to be linked with one of the best clubs in the world"

Flattering

“Obviously it’s very flattering,” he told the Guardian when asked about their interest.

“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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For Arsenal fans, seeing a key player linked with Barcelona brings back many, many painful memories. Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas, Marc Overmars and Alex Song are just a few of the name to have made the switch during Wenger's reign.

The tide turned last summer, however, when Arsenal managed to prise Alexis Sanchez away from the Nou Camp in a £35m deal. As Ramsey noted, the Gunners are closing in on a squad capable of challenging for major honours.

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