Liverpool playmaker Joao Teixeira has told Portuguese newspaper A Bola that he thinks defender Sebastian Coates has 'great quality'.
Coates, 25, played alongside Teixeira at Liverpool, and whilst neither of them played a particularly important role during their time together, it's clear that the duo have struck up some kind of friendship at Anfield.
Uruguayan defender Coates left Liverpool for Sunderland, initially on loan back in the summer of 2014, before completing a permanent move to the Stadium of Light last summer.
However, the giant centre back has already been moved on having failed to impress under Sam Allardyce, as he signed for Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon on loan until the end of the season last month.
Now, his former Liverpool team-mate Teixeira - who was on the books with Sporting Lisbon before his move to Anfield in 2012 - has had his say on Coates and his move to Portugal.
Despite his struggles at Sunderland, Coates has been praised by Teixeira, who told Portuguese newspaper A Bola that he thinks the defender has 'great quality' and can 'be the boss of the defence' - something Sunderland fans didn't see much of.
Teixeira also believes that Coates will be a major asset for Sporting, and Sunderland would no doubt be open to a permanent move at the end of the season should Coates display all the things Teixeira thinks he can.
"Sebastián has great quality, he’s very intelligent and very good in the air," said Teixeira. "He can be the boss of the defence and can be an asset for Sporting. I think he has everything to succeed at Sporting," he added.
Do you agree with Teixeira's comments? Should Sunderland have kept Coates?