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Rafa Paez joined Eibar on a six-month loan deal in January.

Eibar boss Gaizka Garitano says Liverpool loanee Rafa Paez is a perfect replacement for Derby County signing Raul Albentosa, Spanish publication Marca report.

The 20-year-old centre-back joined the Reds from Real Madrid’s youth academy following a successful trial period in the summer of 2013.

A loan spell at Italian club Bologna ensued this season. However, after leaving the Serie A outfit in January, he has been made available again by Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.

Spanish minnows Eibar were on the hunt for a new defender following Albentosa’s move to Championship promotion favourites Derby and Paez was quickly identified as an ideal option.

The Spain U19 international has started training with his new club and his commitment to the cause has impressed his new boss.

Speaking to reporters for Marca, Garitano has labelled the Liverpool-owned youngster the perfect fit for his club’s profile and feels he could develop greatly in the Basque region.

“Rafa Paez has only trained with us two or three times, we don’t know if he will be available right away because his ‘transfer’ hasn’t arrived yet,” he explained to Marca.

“He is a player who fits the Eibar profile – young, hungry and with plenty of eagerness. We hope that he grows and develops as a player with us.”

Unfortunately for Paez, his loan deal at Eibar wasn’t completed in time for him to make his debut at Deportivo La Coruna yesterday, a game his side lost 2-0.

He will, however, get plenty of other opportunities to stake his claim for a first-team spot and help the La Liga outfit preserve their standing in Spain’s top-flight.

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