Thierry Henry hails Real Madrid for Ronaldo & Özil sales, hints at secret behind Varane’s Man United move

Former Barcelona star Thierry Henry put his Blaugrana past to one side this week, to lavish praise on his ex-club’s biggest rivals.

As much comes fresh off Real Madrid booking their spot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League once again.

Carlo Ancelotti’s troops welcomed RB Leipzig to Spain’s capital on Wednesday, in the knowledge that only a draw was needed to march on to the competition’s next round.

And, when all was said and done, despite looking some way short of their best, secure the required result is precisely what Los Blancos managed.

Speaking post-match as part of his punditry role on CBS Sports, the aforementioned Thierry Henry was therefore keen to reveal his admiration for a Real outfit with sights set firmly on a domestic and European double.

This did not, however, come as a result of the capital giants’ latest display.

Instead, ex-Arsenal and Barcelona frontman Henry was keen to highlight an area of the game in which he feels the Santiago Bernabéu brass have long excelled – sales.

Citing the perfect timing of the exits of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Özil, and Raphaël Varane, the Frenchman began:

“The one thing they do ever so well is they know when to get rid of players.

“I am not talking about the players that are logical to get rid of. I am talking about it was time for [Cristiano] Ronaldo. It was time for Casemiro. It was time for [Mesut] Ozil. It was time for Varane, which was more, I think, a knee issue, if I understand well.”

He continued:

“But if you think about those three – [Luka] Modric, [Toni] Kroos and Casemiro – they sold the youngest one. Why would you sell the youngest one?

“Well, they notified that those two can help the Valverde, the Tchouameni, [Eduardo] Camavinga and they do that ever-so-well and you have to give them credit because when you get rid of the players that I mentioned before, they were outstanding players at that time for your team.”

Conor Laird | GSFN

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