Zidane shuts down Varane-Man United rumours
Zinedine Zidane has ruled out talk of Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane signing for Manchester United.
The defender came through the ranks with French side Lens. He made 23 appearances for them in 2010/11 before Real Madrid signed him in June 2011 for around €10m.
Varane is at the start of his tenth season with the Spanish giants. The 27-year-old has now spent several years as Sergio Ramos’ partner at centre-back.
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He has made over 300 appearances for Madrid. In that time he has won the Champions League four times, and La Liga on three separate occasions.
Man Utd were said to be interested in Varane back in 2011 before he joined Madrid. Reports have recently emerged that they are targeting him again to amend their defensive issues.
But Zidane has acted quickly to squish these rumours. In an interview cited by the Daily Star, the Madrid boss suggested that Varane is still an integral part of his plans:
“He is part of this club, and we were very lucky to be able to bring him to Madrid.
“He has a great career, he’s achieved a lot since he’s been here. Of course, he is non-transferable for the club, for the coach that I am, for people in general.
“That’s clear and unambiguous. Now we can’t stop people from talking. They’re not just talking about Varane, but about all the players, Real Madrid ones and others.
“But for Varane, my position is clear, and it’s the same as the club’s position.”
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