Much like Eintracht Frankfurt, Guillermo Varela has a big point to prove in 2016/17. - © © imago
Much like Eintracht Frankfurt, Guillermo Varela has a big point to prove in 2016/17. - © © imago
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Who is... Frankfurt loan signing Guillermo Varela?

He has played for the some of the biggest clubs in Montevideo, Manchester and Madrid, but who is new Eintracht Frankfurt defender Guillermo Varela?

Improvement under Zidane

bundesliga.com details the Manchester United FC loanee's back story…

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A native of Uruguayan capital Montevideo, Varela made his senior debut for Club Atletico Penarol in June 2011 after coming up through the club's youth ranks. He joined Manchester United two years later, becoming the first signing of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era under David Moyes.

Varela was unable to make an impression on the first team, however, and spent his debut season in England playing for the Manchester United reserves. Still on the fringes of the squad a year later, it was whilst on loan at Real Madrid Castilla in 2014/15 that the Uruguayan enjoyed a much-needed personal breakthrough.

"[Zinedine] Zidane taught us to have respect, solidarity and to work hard," Varela recalled of his time in the Real Madrid reserves. "We had an excellent year and we learned several things. I feel I improved quickly as a footballer under his guidance."

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