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Irish Daily Mirror - - SPORTS - BY DAVID AN­DER­SON @Mir­ro­ran­der­son

JU­R­GEN KLOPP may not like him but con­tro­ver­sial Real Madrid star Ser­gio Ramos is the idol of Hud­der­s­field de­fender Mathias Jor­gensen.

Jor­gensen, whose Town man­ager David Wag­ner is Klopp’s best mate (right), ad­mires ev­ery­thing about the un­com­pro­mis­ing Ramos, es­pe­cially his win-at-all-costs at­ti­tude.

He feels the Spain star em­bod­ies Real Madrid and rates him the best cen­tre-half in foot­ball.

“Ser­gio Ramos is the best cen­tral de­fender in the world,” said the Dan­ish in­ter­na­tional.

“He’s just a great de­fender. He also has a lot of char­ac­ter, whether you like it or not. He scores goals, which for a de­fender is an amaz­ing feat. No other cen­tre-half in the world ri­vals his scor­ing per­cent­age.

“The man’s won ev­ery­thing and yet he goes out there and he wants to win ev­ery game. He em­bod­ies Real Madrid. He goes out there to win ev­ery time.”

Ramos spe­cialises in stop­ping op­po­nents, as he cyn­i­cally demon­strated against Liver­pool star Mo­hamed Salah in last sea­son’s Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal, and Jor­gensen also looks for ways to nul­lify op­po­nents, al­though by more le­git­i­mate means.

He has stud­ied clips of Ar­se­nal stars Pierre-em­er­ick Aubameyang and Alexan­dre La­cazette in an at­tempt to find ways to keep them quiet to­day.

“When you’re up against top strik­ers like Aubameyang and La­cazette, you look for lit­tle traits, tells, how they like to set the play up, how they like to fin­ish,” he said. “How can I give my­self an ad­van­tage over them?

“But as we all know there is a rea­son why they score as many goals as they do be­cause they are un­pre­dictable. That makes it re­ally ex­cit­ing. It’s what you wish for when you come over here. You want to test your­self against the best in the world.

“You look for help from your team-mates and that’s what makes us a good de­fen­sive team.

We’re never iso­lated one against one, there’s al­ways some­body help­ing you, so if one of them does get past you, there’s some­body else to make that tackle and save your a**.”

Jor­gensen has blos­somed into one of Hud­der­s­field’s best per­form­ers dur­ing his two years at the John Smith’s Sta­dium.

The 6ft 2in de­fender, who is nick­named Zanka af­ter a char­ac­ter in the film ‘Cool Run­nings’, has also weighed in with two goals to make him the Ter­ri­ers’ joint-top scorer.

Den­mark coach Age Hareide claimed ear­lier this sea­son that he could play for a big­ger Pre­mier League side, com­ments which earned him a re­buke from Town gaffer Wag­ner. Jor­gensen may even have signed for Ar­se­nal as a kid – he had a trial with them in 2007 when he was 17. Arsene Wenger did not fol­low up his in­ter­est and in­stead Jor­gensen joined FC Copen­hagen be­cause they of­fered him first-team foot­ball.

The 28-year-old has no re­grets and said: “I did have a trial there. I trained with the first team un­der Arsene Wenger so there’s a bit of his­tory there.

“I ended up mov­ing to FC Copen­hagen be­cause they of­fered me first­team foot­ball straight away.

“I’m play­ing now how I want to play and hav­ing suc­cess. It’s happy days.”

HAVE SOME OF MAT.. Jor­gensen idolises Ser­gio Ramos (top, right) – not good news for the Gun­ners strik­ers (right)

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