Almunia praise for Cesc
Spaniard hails fellow countryman
By Graeme Bailey. Last Updated: March 6, 2008 9:25am
Almunia: Lauds Cesc
Manuel Almunia has added to the plaudits that have been heaped on team-mate Cesc Fabregas.
The Spanish midfielder was inspirational as he scored and guided Arsenal to their 2-0 victory over Milan in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League last 16 clash in the San Siro on Tuesday.
Almunia is left in awe of the talent of his fellow countryman.
"Cesc is only 20 but he already plays like a veteran," he said.
"We all believe in him and know he will become an Arsenal legend.
"He has the capacity, the skill and the quality to become as good a player as Kaka. But he also needs to win trophies to become a truly great player.
"I don't think it matters to Cesc in which stadium he plays or who he is against because he just enjoys his football so much. That is a fantastic mentality to have.
"But I think he particularly enjoys playing teams like Milan because they give him the capacity to play football and not every team allows him to do that.
"When Cesc is given time, it gives him the opportunity and freedom to really enjoy himself."