William Gallas believes there is no comparison to be made between Manchester United star Raphael Varane and Arsenal’s Ben White.
During an interview with Genting Bet, William Gallas has offered his thoughts on one of the popular debates across English football right now – Ben White’s price tag and his comparison with Raphael Varane. The former Arsenal man believes that the Manchester United defender is in a league of his own and should not be compared with the Englishman.
White made the headlines during the summer transfer window, joining Arsenal from Brighton for a hefty £50 million. At the same time, Man United bagged a bargain by snapping up Raphael Varane for just £34 million, leading many to question Arsenal’s transfer policy under Edu and Mikel Arteta.
Gallas, who had made 225 competitive appearances for Chelsea, has emerged as the latest personality to raise questions over White’s price tag. He further claimed that Varane belongs to a different class when compared to the former Leeds United starlet.
Speaking to Genting Bet, as cited by Manchester Evening News, the former defender stated: “You have to explain to me how it’s possible. Perhaps it’s partly because Ben White is English. Varane is a different class player compared to Ben White. Ben White is still young. As I said, he hasn’t proved anything yet. How can you put a £50million price on him, you know?
“I respect him. I don’t know him. I respect him and I hope he will be a great player, but he hasn’t proved anything yet. You can’t compare Ben White and Varane, I’m sorry. It’s not possible. It’s not because he’s a fellow Frenchman that I’m talking like this. He comes from Real Madrid. He didn’t come from Brighton, with all respect to them,” he added.
Gallas’ comments on the whole situation will certainly not go down well with Arsenal fans. But at the same time, they will be anxious to see White performs during the remainder of the campaign with Arteta.
The 23-year-old has recently starred in wins over Norwich City and Burnley but will brace himself for his first big test as he faces Tottenham Hotspur in the iconic North London derby this weekend.