"He was particularly important to developing my game as a defender. He is one of the best coaches I’ve ever come across from a defensive point of view".
"This club needs to be back at Europe’s top table. Maybe we took it for granted a little under Rafa (Benítez). We won the Champions League, we got to another final and we consistently made quarters and semis".
The Echo, 9-08-11.
"I’ve got to give Rafa Benítez massive credit because he put me back to my position in the middle and that took me on to the next level"