Benfica’s Ezequiel Garay is a player that is routinely linked with Manchester United as the Argentinean defender is viewed as a performer who could be placed in the defence of the English club and considering that the defensive duo of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic are no longer at Old Trafford, Louis van Gaal has to search for players in the transfer market that can follow the legacy that was left behind by those who have departed.
Unfortunately for Manchester United, their target has been snatched up by the Russian side Zenit St.Petersburg as they signed Ezequiel Garay on a 5 year long deal with a transfer fee of €6 million.
Ezequiel Garay played an important role for Benfica the past season as the defender helped his former club on reaching the finals of the Europa League as well as lifting the League and Cup titles.
A statement on the website of Zenit St.Petersburg said: ‘’Football clubs Zenit and Benfica have reached an agreement over the transfer of the defender of the Argentina national team.The contract has been signed for five years from July 1. The player will join the team after the World Cup’’
Garay has played in all of the group matches of Argentina for the 2014 World Cup and during all of the games; he has looked assured in the backline of his country as well as providing impressive attacking options when going in the attack.
After the match was confirmed and announced to the media, Garay went on expressing his emotions and thanking everyone who has supported him during his time as a player of the Portuguese club Benfica.
‘’I want to thank everyone who supported me in these three magnificent years I spent at Benfica. In particular the president, who believed and invested in me, and the coach who made me evolve and reach a level that I’m very proud of. Thanks also to all my team-mates with whom I had the honor of playing with for this club. I want to return all the love that Benfica and the supporters gave me. I’ll take all the unforgettable moments I’ve had in Portugal in my heart. Thanks!’ Garay announced.