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Ramsey agrees new deal at Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey
Ramsey joined Arsenal from Cardiff last summer

Aaron Ramsey has signed a new long-term contract at Arsenal.

The 18-year-old Wales midfielder joined Arsenal from Cardiff City for £5m last summer and made 22 appearances for the Gunners last season.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: "He made a very good contribution and he showed that he is a very intelligent player with great quality.

"He is still only 18 and we're really looking forward to seeing him develop with us in the forthcoming years."

Ramsey made his full debut for Wales against Denmark in November and has now played six times for his country.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have released Portugal Under-21 midfielder Amaury Bischoff only a year after he arrived from Werder Bremen.

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Bischoff, 22 made only four Arsenal first-team appearances, all as substitute, and is one of eight players released by manager Arsene Wenger.

Wenger admitted his move for Bischoff was "a gamble" because he was battling back from a long-standing groin injury.

Rui Fonte - who had a spell on loan with Crystal Palace - is also being released at the end of his contract.

Wenger, meanwhile, has handed professional contracts to four of the Arsenal side that won the FA Youth Cup last season.

Defenders Luke Ayling (17), Craig Eastmond (18), Cedric Evina (17) and 18-year-old keeper James Shea have all been signed on by the Gunners following an impressive campaign which also saw the youngsters win the FA Premier Academy League under the guidance of former defender Steve Bould.



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