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Former Man Utd Forward Terry Gibson Says Raphael Varane 'Could Be the Best Ever Centre-Back' in Premier League

Ali Shibil Roshan
Varane will become Man Utd's third signing of the summer
Varane will become Man Utd's third signing of the summer / MATTHIAS SCHRADER/Getty Images
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Former Manchester United forward Terry Gibson has said that Raphael Varane could possibly be the best centre-back ever to play in the English Premier League.

Varane is set to join Man Utd this summer after the Red Devils announced they have reached an agreement in principle with Real Madrid over the transfer of the French centre-back.

Varane is widely considered as one of the best defenders in the world, and his arrival is expected to improve Man Utd's defence.

Former England international Danny Mills, though, has questioned whether Varane will be able to cope with the rigours of the Premier League.

But, ex-Red Devils forward Gibson says Varane is 'a sensational footballer' and could possibly be the best ever centre-back to play in the Premier League.
“I’ve been looking at what Danny said and you look at that direct and physical approach that he’s describing in the Premier League – it doesn’t exist anymore,” Gibson told talkSPORT.

“The notion that there are only a few tough games in a LaLiga season certainly now more than ever doesn’t apply any more. It’s a much more competitive league – Villarreal finished seventh last season and took care of Arsenal and Manchester United in the Europa League.

“Raphael Varane is a supreme centre-back and could possibly be the best ever centre-back to play in the Premier League.

“He’s a sensational footballer, I’m not sure anyone’s got the status he has in the Premier League or ever has had in the Premier League regarding honours won.

“I think we should be more respectful of opposing leagues, they are to the Premier League. In Spain they hold it in high regard, they’re almost envious of the commercial success and the brand associated with the Premier League.

“They don’t denigrate the league, they think it’s a competitive league with great teams, great players, great coaches an I think we need to start doing that with other leagues around Europe as well.”


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