Raphael Varane has refused to commit his future to Real Madrid amid speculation that the France international could leave the La Liga giants this summer.
“I do not want to talk about my future,” Varane told French newspaper Le Parisien, as quoted by Goal. “I am not one to discuss my future publicly.”
This means the drama within Real Madrid has not diminished in the week since Zinedine Zidane returned as manager, an appointment you would think appeal to Varane after all their success together as player and manager, but there is a possibility the former Lile centre-back is looking for a new challenge outside of Spain.
Manchester United remain in search of a high-profile defender to strengthen their defence in the summer. Reluctant to do so will see United struggle again next season.
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Now with Varane unwilling to commit his future to Madrid, there’s a chance the Reds will go back in for the Frenchman. L’Equipe suggests the defender could make the move to England and become one of the most expensive defenders ever.
Raphael Varane is reportedly considering leaving Real Madrid for a new challenge. Could become the first €100m defender. Manchester United have reportedly long been a potential buyer. https://t.co/KPog33Qxw6
— Jeremy Smith (@jeremysmith98) March 18, 2019
Last year a £100 million move for Varane was discussed in Miami, as reported by The Times, but Ed Woodward was unsuccessful when it came to persuading Florentino Perez to see the defender.
Varane’s current contract expires in 2022 and there are no talks of a renewal. Perhaps United should be wary of Varane’s potentially trying to get a better deal out of Madrid, now he’s a World Cup winner and wants to feel more appreciated by his club.
We’ve feel into the trap before with Sergio Ramos, which was just a complete waste of time.
Still only 25, Varane has won every trophy possible at Madrid, including four Champions Leagues. He has experienced the best period of the club’s history and has played a huge role in this success, so any future move will take something special to top that.
Dermot Corrigan of ESPN makes an interesting note about the situation, claiming Eder Militao’s arrival from FC Porto as a potential replacement for Varane and not a back-up option as many initially thought.
Zidane leaving quite clear today that he wasn’t closely involved in Militao signing – interesting one as plays right-side, like Varane, and already have Carvajal and Odriozola for RB.
— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) March 15, 2019