AARONS: Premier League, England ambitions and his meteoric City rise
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Norwich City ace Max Aarons insists the Premier League is the only place to be, as he reveals his long term career goals for club and country.
The England Under-21 right back is one of the most coveted young players in the country after a stunning senior breakthrough under Daniel Farke.
Aarons was heavily touted with Tottenham in the recent transfer window, while even German giants Borussia Dortmund were linked with the 20-year-old.
The City defender earned a Championship title winner's medal and the Football League's young player-of-the-year during his debut season, but rates the step up to the Premier League as the ultimate test.
Despite City's own survival struggles Aarons has enjoyed his first taste of top-flight life, and knows exactly where he sees himself in five years' time.
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"I would hope to be an established Premier League player and in the England set-up," he said, speaking on the latest episode of the Premier League EA Sports FIFA 20 Future Star show. "There is a lot of competition there, looking at it right now in terms of young English right backs, but hopefully if I keep improving I can be there.
"The quality in the Premier League is on another level.
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"In the Premier League teams set up in a way that allow you more time to actually play a pass or make a decision, but the Championship is a lot more hectic.
"The difference is in the Premier League you can't give the ball away, because if you do you'll get punished."
Aarons rates Manchester United attacker Marcus Rashford as his toughest Premier League opponent so far in what has been a meteoric rise through the ranks at Carrow Road.
"He was excellent when we played them. Definitely the toughest I have come up against. He's on another level, in terms of pace," said Aarons.
"I signed for Norwich at 16, then I played one year of under-18s, one of under-23s and then I was in the first team.
"It has happened in a flash.
"I remember just going down the local park in Luton with my Dad.My advice to any young player would be work as hard as you can. Do more than someone who might be ahead of you or older than you or in the first team. Just spend more hours practising."