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Raphael Varane’s Premier League ambitions block Real Madrid’s Kylian Mbappe approach

According to recent reports, Real Madrid has tried to include defender Raphael Varane in an offer to Paris-Saint Germain in exchange for attacker Kylian Mbappe. However, despite being used as a makeweight in a deal that would see the World Cup winner return to his native France, Varane has informed Los Blancos that he wants to play in the English Premier League.

That’s according to Sunday Times journalist Duncan Castles, who claims the French Galactico would rather the challenge of the Premier League than Ligue 1.

Varane, 28, has been with Real Madrid for the last decade following a £9m move from RC Lens in 2011.

However, despite featuring in 360 matches, in all competitions and playing a huge part in his side lifting a whopping 18 major trophies, including four Champions League, Varane has now seen his long-term future come under immense threat.

With his contract set to expire in just 12-months time, there are growing suggestions the Frenchman could become Manchester United’s second signing, following the announcement the Red Devils have reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho.

Now – according to Castles, Varane, who has been offered the chance to join Mauricio Pochettino’s Parisians, has turned down the opportunity in favour of a switch to England.

Castles also claims the player himself has informed Real Madrid’s hierarchy that he wants to leave the club summer.

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