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Redknapp hails wonderkid Ramsey


Interview: Aaron Ramsey

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp is sure Cardiff City teenage wonderkid Aaron Ramsey is destined for the Premier League's top four.

Redknapp's chief scout Stuart Morgan, added that Welsh playmaker Ramsey could bank the Bluebirds 10m.

"Ramsey is a terrific talent and I think he'll go on and probably play for Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal or Chelsea," said Redknapp.

Morgan added: "Ramsey has the potential to be worth 10m."

Ramsey and fellow highly-rated midfield team-mate Joe Ledley have been linked to a big money summer moves to the Premier League.

Redknapp has had both Cardiff stars watched by his extensive scouting network this season but he'll see them both up close when his Portsmouth showdown with the Welshmen in Saturday's FA Cup final.


Redknapp's respected Welsh scout Morgan said: ""If Ramsey progresses, becomes an established full international and the team he signs for - Arsenal or whoever - goes on to win trophies, with the incentives I wouldn't say 10m is too much money at all.

"My thoughts on Joe Ledley are exactly the same and I've watched him since he came into the Cardiff side.

"He's a left-sided player that a lot of clubs are looking for.

"People say Joe hasn't got the pace of Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo, but he has great ability, great feet and he makes up for the little bit of pace he's lacking with his ability and awareness.

"He has an got an eye for a goal, he's confident on the ball."

Established Welsh international Ledley is only 21 years old but he has risen to become the crown jewel of his home-town club and has already played more than 150 games for Cardiff.

Ledley was voted 'Player of the Round' following his match-winning performance against Barnsley in the FA Cup semi-final, scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory at Wembley.

Ramsey and Ledley are players every club in the Premier League is talking about, not just Portsmouth.

Portsmouth scout Stuart Morgan

Boss Dave Jones has already rejected a 3m bid from Championship rivals Wolves for Ledley but the Bluebirds academy graduate has been linked with a 4m summer switch to Premier League giants Everton.

Ramsey, on the other hand, has only played a handful of first-team games for Cardiff.

But his superstar team-mates Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Robbie Fowler both insist the 17-year-old sensation has the quality to play in the top-flight.

Cardiff have already rejected a bid from Champions League semi-finalists Liverpool for the young star while Arsenal and Manchester United are also tracking his impressive progress with a view to a bumper swoop.

"I have recommended Ramsey and Ledley to Harry," said Morgan.

"But they are players every club in the Premier League is talking about, not just us at Portsmouth."

see also
Pompey hope for more luck in Cup
15 May 08 |  Portsmouth
Ledley out to seize rare Cup shot
13 May 08 |  Cardiff City
Parry aiming for Wales comeback
13 May 08 |  Cardiff City
Hasselbaink eyes new Cardiff deal
12 May 08 |  Cardiff City
Fowler set for FA Cup final place
12 May 08 |  Cardiff City
Meet City's FA Cup slickers
03 Apr 08 |  Championship
BBC Sport Wales coverage
24 Dec 06 |  Wales

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