Wales boss: "Ramsey is as good as Bale!"

Gareth Bale

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has enjoyed a blistering start to the season, and his international boss says he is now as good as Gareth Bale.

Bale moved to Real Madrid in the summer for a fee of around £86m, making him the most expensive player in football history, and it was well deserved. After 38 goals in the last seasons for Tottenham, Bale became the icon of Welsh football and the centre of all their hopes for the future.

And now, despite failing to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, the future of Welsh football looks bright with Ramsey hitting the form of his life, as the 22 year old has hit 13 goals in 22 games this season from midfield. Manager Chris Coleman, who recently signed a contract extension as Wales boss, is now in charge of harnessing this emerging talent, and has declared that Ramsey is now proving he is just as good as former Spurs winger Bale.

"When you see what he is doing at the minute then why would you not say he is at a similar level (to Bale)?," he said. What he's doing at the minute is enjoying his football," Coleman said. "He's found his confidence again. He's always had the ability, he just needed to get the confidence back and he's got that. You can't be doing what he is doing without that. And he's doing it in every game. If he's not scoring, he looks like scoring. He's involved in everything. Rambo looks brilliant at the minute."

It has been rumoured that Barcelona are watching Ramsey closely, as the two Welshman could eventually feature in another fierce rivalry between the Catalan giants and Real Madrid. It's unlikely that Arsenal would sell their star performer though, after Ramsey signed a new contract last year, keeping him at the Emirates Stadium until 2018 – which seemed crazy at the time, but Wenger's faith in the former Cardiff midfielder has proven to be well placed.

With Ashley Williams, Joe Allen and Ben Davies all proving themselves to be adept Premier League players, the immediate future looks bright for Wales – particularly with two players at the top of their game in Bale and Ramsey.

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