Team GB star Ramsey believes he has more to offer club and country
23:15 GMT, 21 July 2012
Aaron Ramsey is convinced there is much more to come from him despite a dazzling start to his fledgling career.
The Arsenal midfielder could add another entry to his already impressive curriculum vitae next week if he steps out on to the pitch with Team GB to taste Olympic Games action for the first, and perhaps only, time.
More to come: Aaron Ramsey believes he can improve
That would cap a remarkable rise which has seen him break into the first team at Cardiff as a teenager before winning a 5million move to Arsenal, where he has established himself as a genuine first team player on both the domestic and European stages.
He has also excelled at senior
international level, where the late Gary Speed appointed him captain of
his country at the age of just 20, in the process making him the
youngest man to hold the office.
for all his success, Ramsey has also had to contend with the misery of a
lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering an horrific double leg
fracture in a challenge by Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross in February
2010, which it was feared at one point might drastically truncate a
'I have certainly done a lot so far in my short career, but I am
delighted with how it's gone so far, apart from my injury.
'I missed about 10 months, which stalled my progress and obviously it takes a bit of time to get over that as well afterwards.
'I have been pleased with what I have done so far, but I still think there is a lot more to come from me, and I am working hard and wanting to learn more every day to become the best player I can possibly become.'
Ramsey's right leg still bears the scar of his misfortune, but a man with a bright future ahead of him prefers to look forward rather than back.
He said: 'I'd rather it not be there, but I am delighted with the way I recovered from it, and the medical staff and the surgeons and everything, I am just thankful for what they have done to me.
'It's amazing what they can do these days. I was back up on my feet a couple of days after the operation trying to walk on it again, and it's just incredible what they can do.'
Aim: Ramsey could make history at the Games
Ramsey is one of five Welshman in the 18-strong GB squad along with skipper Ryan Giggs, experienced striker Craig Bellamy, midfielder Joe Allen and full-back Neil Taylor.
There was a measure of disquiet among the home nations when the prospect of a Great Britain team was mooted, although having been given permission by his country – and indeed, club boss Arsene Wenger – to make up his own mind, the Arsenal man admitted the opportunity was simply too enticing to turn down.
He said: 'It was down to us whether we wanted to play or not and we chose to play.
'Ryan and Bellers haven't had a chance to play in a tournament unfortunately, so they wanted to play at the highest level in something like the Olympics.
'For me, it's a unique thing and there's going to be some great countries with great players involved, so it's great to test yourself against them and we are looking forward to it.
'We are all proud to be Welsh and we are representing our country as well as Great Britain.'
Compatriot: Ramsey says he and Craig Bellamy are proud to be Welsh – and British
Ramsey and his colleagues are part of a British team numbering in excess of 500 competitors across the full range of disciplines.
He was himself a talented athlete in his youth, competing in the 800 metres and in the pentathlon, at which he won a national schools title.
He said: 'The 800m was my strongest [event]. I was second coming up to the last event and I managed to beat the guy by a few seconds, so I had a decent points tally at the end.'
However, although he showed promise in track and field, there was never any doubt about which way Ramsey's career was heading.
He said: 'It was always going to be football.'
Team GB, who lost 2-0 to gold medal favourites Brazil in their final warm-up game in Middlesbrough on Friday night, open their Group A campaign at Old Trafford on Thursday evening, the first time Ramsey will have been back to the home of Manchester United since the Gunners were hammered 8-2 there in August last year.
He said: 'We don't want to be reminded of that day, it was so disappointing.
'It will be good to go back there – but it will be nice to be there, hopefully, as a winning team.'