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Butragueno praises 'sensational' Varane

Created on 31 Jan., 2013 5:58 PM GMT

Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno hailed Raphael Varane for his performance in Wednesday's 1-1 Copa del Rey draw against Barcelona.

The young defender not only netted the equaliser in the first leg of the semi-final tie, but earned plaudits for his defensive duties as well, and Butragueno was impressed by the 19-year-old's display.

"Varane put in a sensational performance and capped his fine display with a header that keeps our chances alive," the former Real Madrid attacker told the club's website.

"He's still only 19 years old and it is quite something to then play against Barcelona without making any mistakes like he did."

Meanwhile, Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta was also quick to praise the centre-back.

"Varane was impressive, but his performance did not surprise me. You have to be a good player in order to wear the Madrid jersey," Zubizarreta told reporters.

The centre-back has made 18 official appearances so far this term for Real Madrid.

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