By FOX SPORTS staff
Illarramendi worked under Montanier at Real Sociedad prior to his move to the Santiago Bernabeu and the Frenchman's departure to take over Ligue 1 side Rennes for the new season.
Speaking to AS, Montanier believed playing at Real Madrid would provide Illarramendi the ideal opportunity to learn from former Sociedad star Xabi Alonso, a player that the younger Spaniard could eventually emulate.
"Yes, he’s definitely ready, he has many strengths. He has enough quality to move the ball forward and link-up with other players," he explained.
"Xabi is a reference point for Basque players and I feel that he can help him [Illarramendi] to grow and develop too. They can definitely play together. Xabi and Asier are both great players."
The defensive midfielder was ever present for Spain during their triumphant Under-21 Championship run and Montanier tipped Illarramendi to take over the role of senior team playmaker from Barcelona's Xavi in the future.
"He has the right character to be a success and he’ll be a big player for Spain too. Comparing is always difficult. Asier has different qualities [to Busquets]; the same role, yes, but different qualities. Asier is more in the mould of Xavi," he stated.
"Not only is he a midfielder that works hard to get the ball back, but he has enough quality to be involved in getting things moving and distributing the ball."