Ezequiel Garay scouting report: Can the defender get back to the top?

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The 28-year-old has qualities in defence which makes him world-class, and Garay’s positioning and reading of the game is second to none. His heading is also exceptional when it comes to defending or attacking set pieces.

Garay started his career off at local club Newell’s Old Boys before making the switch to Europe with Racing Santander. The Argentine signed for giants Real Madrid in between his two spells with Racing - but failed to make an impression for Los Blancos - which consequently led to being sent out on loan to his former club by Madrid.

The defender then moved onto Portuguese side Benfica after realising his career was stalling in Spain and the move proved a success. Garay became a regular in the side making 78 appearances in his three year spell at Benfica, before moving onto Zenit St Petersburg last year.

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With Real Madrid losing out on any trophy success last season they will be sure looking to strengthen their squad and centre-back could be a position in which they'll look to add quality too.

With Pepe getting on a bit Garay could provide good cover for Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane - or potentially even start.

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Garay will be hoping to lift the Copa America this summer with Argentina alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and Javier Mascherano. They are the favourites and are expected to battle to victory to put the disappointment of losing out on last year’s World Cup to Germany behind them.

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