Diego Llorente says he looks to learn from Manchester United star
Diego Llorente has told BBC Radio Leeds that he looks up to Raphael Varane, and suggested that he watches Manchester United to learn from the Frenchman.
Llorente has had an interesting time since moving to Elland Road last year. Injuries have restricted him to 19 appearances in all competitions.
When he has been on the pitch however, he has been outstanding.
In fact, it is surely fair to say that the 28-year-old has been Leeds United’s best defender since promotion.
Of course, that should not come as a huge surprise. Llorente is a Spain international who came through the ranks at Real Madrid.
He is not the only centre-back in the Premier League with strong links to Los Blancos.
Varane moved to Old Trafford in the summer after making 360 appearances for Real. And Llorente has suggested that he is a player he continues to look up to.
“I look at Sergio Ramos, Varane, they are players with good skills,” he told BBC Radio Leeds.
“Defensively, so strong, so smart when they defend. So I try to learn. When I see the games of Manchester, or other games, I try to always learn from them.”
Leeds will benefit massively if Diego Llorente can enjoy run of luck with injuries
Leeds boast five very decent centre-backs. Charlie Cresswell became the latest to prove his first-team credentials this season.
But keeping Llorente fit could be massive for their fortunes. He has been hugely influential whenever he has featured.
Leeds look a lot more assured defensively when he is involved. And obviously, he has made a contribution at the other end of the pitch, scoring the winner against Watford last time out.
It could make a real difference therefore, if Llorente stayed fit for a long period.