Real Madrid have started negotiations with Raphael Varane over a new contract, according to reports.
The Frenchman’s current deal expires in the summer of 2022, and Real Madrid are trying to tie down the defender.
Marca claims talks have been going well and an agreement is expected to be reached soon – which would rule out any possibility of the player joining Manchester United in the summer.
Varane joined the club ten years ago, when United signed Phil Jones, when Zinedine Zidane (current manager) had an input on transfer dealings as sporting director. A decade later he has become a key player for both Los Blancos and France.
With Varane’s contract running down you can be sure that there’s been plenty of top European clubs who would jump at the opportunity to sign Varane.
Real Madrid are not doing very good on the pitch this season and financially they are not strong enough to move aggressively in the transfer market like previous years.
But they know tying Varane to a new deal would quash any speculation of a transfer.
The Manchester Evening News has published articles on United lining up with Varane next season, but suddenly they look like wasted time for the writer.