Arsenal legend Lehmann says Ramsey should leave Arsenal, but not now

Jens Lehmann

German hero Jens Lehmann believes Aaron Ramsey should follow former Spurs star Gareth Bale and test himself abroad in the future.

Former Arsenal goalkeeping hero Jens Lehmann believes Aaron Ramsey can become one football's great players.

And he has encouraged the Welshman to test himself abroad by playing in a different league, but agrees the 23-year-old is not quite ready to.

Ramsey has plenty to offer Arsenal right now, ensuring the Gunners look a different side with him in it, and scored the FA Cup Final winner against Hull earlier this month.

Yet Lehmann, a goalkeeper who enjoyed spells in the Bundesliga and Premier League says Ramsey should not restrict himself to Arsenal his entire career.

Asked in an interview with BBC Radio Wales if Ramsey could play for Bayern Munich, he responded: 

"There are some really great clubs and only probably 100 top players.

"So when you want to be a top player you need to try your luck somewhere else and you want to find out if you can manage to be successful somewhere else as well.

"But so far I think it's a step too early because he himself has to make sure that he can be available for a whole season."

The Welshman missed more than three months of action this season with a thigh injury, and had to deny reports this week he was going for further checks on the problem. Earlier in his career he suffered an bad leg break, stalling his rapid progress by a couple of seasons.

The good news for Arsenal fans is Ramsey is not likely to be going anywhere soon.

He signed a new deal in March which sees him earn in the region of £100,000 per week, and the contract lasts until 2018.

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