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Hierro: There is no defender like Varane

by Tom Conn | Posted on Friday, October 18th, 2013

Former Real Madrid defender, Fernando Hierro praised French centre-back, Raphael Varane, stating “there is no defender” like the 20-year-old.


In a recent interview with Al Primer Toque, Hierro praised Varane, while also condemning former manager, Jose Mourinho for leaving former assistant, Aitor Karanka in the cold when he left the club.

“There is no defender in the world like Varane at his age. He gives the impression that he has been playing for 20 years.”

Hierro went on to praise right-back, Marcelo stating he is one of the most entertaining players in La Liga.

“I think that he’s extraordinary, he entertains, with a street-level kind of play.”

Hierro, who is good friends with embattled goalkeeper, Iker Casillas, feels he needs to make a decision about his future.

“Every time I see Iker in goal, he seems sure of himself. Whoever thinks he’ll take being benched well is wrong. I think he needed some affection. I advised him to make a decision and to speak publically.”

Former manager, Jose Mourinho has once asked that Hierro be appointed as a liaison for the club to help with the media, but the legend had some harsh words for the Portuguese boss.

“I think that the loyalty that Karanka had for Mourinho has gone against him. Mourinho hasn’t done right by Karanka.”

Hierro concluded by praising Spanish national team manager, Vicente Del Bosque and likes the potential addition of Atletico striker, Diego Costa to the squad.

“Everyone likes Del Bosque; to put everyone’s mind at rest, the renewal should be until 2016. From where I’m standing Vicente appears quite at ease, and motivated to continue.

“Spain has done the right thing asking about [Costa], now the ball is in his court.”

Inside Spanish Football
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