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The Clarets have swooped in the transfer market again, this time to bring in Aston Villa’s 20-year-old midfielder Aaron Ramsey to Turf Moor on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee reported to be in the region of £14 million.

The younger of the two Ramsey brothers at Villa, Aaron has made just one appearance for Villa which came in their 6-0 League Cup win at Barrow two years ago when he came on as a substitute for Anwar El Ghazi just past the hour.

His first team experience has come away from Villa Park, starting in League One where he joined Michael Duff’s Cheltenham for the second half of the 2021/22 season for whom he played fifteen times, scoring once in a 2-1 defeat at home against Bolton.

Last season he enjoyed two loans. He spent the first half of the season at Norwich where he made eighteen Championship appearances along with two in the League Cup. He scored three goals too for the Canaries, netting twice in a 3-1 home win against Stoke and a week later scoring their winner in a 2-1 win at Rotherham.

January saw him move to Middlesbrough where he played a further eleven games and scored no fewer than five goals. He scored twice in a 5-0 home win against Reading and a week later he equalised at Swansea as Boro came from a goal behind to win 3-1.

He was in the Middlesbrough team against us on Good Friday, the night we clinched promotion, and he played twice more for them, scoring in both. He got their first as they came from two behind to draw 2-2 at Bristol City and his final game came against Norwich, the team with whom he’d started the season. He opened the scoring in a 5-1 win.

It was no surprise to see him start finding the net from his midfield position; it was something he’d done previously at Villa at under-23 level and three seasons ago he hit ten goals for them in Premier League 2.

Ramsey has also made his mark on the international stage having played for England at every level from under-16 to under-20. He was in the under-19 team that won the European Championships last year, scoring in the final when England came from behind to beat Israel after extra time. He scored the final goal to add to those scored by Manchester City’s Callum Doyle and Villa team mate Carney Chukwuemeka who is now with Chelsea.

Ramsey said having completed the move: “I’m absolutely buzzing. I have been waiting to be a Burnley player for a while now and I’m really happy it’s all officially done now. I can’t wait to get started. I can’t wipe my smile off my face. When you come to a new club you want the lads to welcome you in and everyone here has done that straight away. It’s been really easy to settle, everyone has been amazing.”

We welcome Aaron to Burnley, the first player to make the move to us from Aston Villa since Ashley Westwood in January 2017.

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