Rafa Benitez and Fernando Torres have expressed their grief of Espanyol captain Daniel Jarque’s death over the weekend.
The 26-year-old centre-back died from a heart attack during a training session in Spain, only a week after he played against Liverpool in a pre-season friendly.
Real Madrid players observe a minute’s silence for Daniel Jarque, 1983-2009 before their pre-season friendly at DC United yesterday.
Benitez expressed his condolences: “This is a very sad day and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Daniel Jarque and everyone at Espanyol.”
Meanwhile Torres, who played with Jarque at international level in the U-19 European Champions in 2002, said, “In these hard times I want to express my sincere condolences and I offer all my support to Dani’s family, friends and Espanyol teammates.
“I shared many special moments alongside Dani when playing for Spain’s youth teams. He showed himself to be both a special person and a special footballer. I’m dismayed by the news and my thoughts are with his family during this difficult period.”
Torres and Jarque played against each other a week ago in a pre-season friendly at Espanyol’s new Cornella-El Prat Stadium.