It was with the Spain national team that the pair were central defensive partners between 2004 and 2008.
"He's a great defender who possesses great concentration levels during games," sad Ibanez. "He's a real help to young players who play with him.
"But I wouldn't like to talk about myself in terms of being similar to other defenders I've played with.
"I really like players like Puyol and Luis Perea, who I've had the honour to play with for Spain and Atletico Madrid respectively."