Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane have received a huge boost ahead of next season after world cup winner Raphael Varane debunked rumours he is looking for a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu.
The French world cup winner joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2011 and has been a revelation since former Manchester United manaher Jose Mourinho gave him his debuts.
Reports emerged last week the French defender wants a new challenge and is having thoughts of leaving the club. Varane has won Four Champions League and two league titles in his time at Real Madrid which may be the reason why he is reportedly looking for a new challenge.
However, the World Cup winner who is currently on international duty has refuted those rumours. Speaking after France’s 4-1 win over Moldova in UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying, per Metro:
“To say that I am not happy at Real Madrid is not true. I’m at Real Madrid. The biggest club in the world. I’m constantly in a state of challenging myself because the requirement here is that of the highest level. I’m focused on my career.
“We had a tough time in the middle of the season where we had to fight. I’ve given my all in this shirt and I can be proud of that. I cannot control everything that’s said [in the media]. Many things aren’t right but I can’t say I’m unhappy in Madrid. We had a tough season, it’s the daily routine for players at the top. I’m discreet and the problem when you’re a quiet person is you hear many things but talk little about yourself.”
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Varane scored in the match against Moldova on Friday. Earlier in the day, Marca (h/t Metro) reported Varane had told his Real team-mates there is a chance he could depart the Santiago Bernabeu next summer.
United have held a long-term interest in the centre-back but failed to capture his signature during Jose Mourinho’s tenure at Old Trafford. Varane reportedly has a €500 million (£431 million) release clause in his current deal.
Madrid are set to rebuild in the summer, but Varane was successful during Zinedine Zidane’s first spell as Real coach. The legendary Frenchman is back in charge of the club and wants the defender to remain in his team, per Marca.
Zidane could choose to strengthen the centre-back position next summer, but he would then have to decide the starting futures of Varane and Sergio Ramos.
Ramos is 32 and the club’s undeniable leader on the pitch. However, the captain is ageing, and Real need to inject youth into their squad.
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Varane remains one of the best defenders on the planet, and Real should build their back four around the 25-year-old’s remarkable qualities.