Raphael Varane reportedly wants to leave Real Madrid and several clubs are set to take notice of this opportunity. According to Spanish outlet SPORT, Varane feels his time with Madrid is drawing to a close, leaving him for fresh options outside Spain.
Varane is the first choice centre-back for manager Zinedine Zidane. But reports are emerging lately of Zidane leaving the club at the end of the season. It seems that Varane wants to leave Spanish giants if Zidane leaves in the near future.
The France international has played in a total of 2,205 minutes in the first-team this campaign – with only goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois deployed more under Zinedine Zidane. Varane had managed to play in 15 full matches in a row until he was forced to withdraw from a sudden injury in the Spanish Supercopa loss to Athletic Bilbao, causing him to also sit out the Copa del Rey loss Alcoyano.
The world cup winner enjoyed full minutes on the pitch recently with a win over Alaves on Sunday. Despite this, The defender is not expected to sign a new deal and would be able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with another club.
EPL clubs in line for the services of Varane:
With Varane heavily linked to Manchester United back in 2017, the EPL front runners are in the race back again for the defender. Liverpool are also said to be in contention as Virgil Van Dijk still remains out from the pitch for an unknown long time
It is of no surprise that several big clubs would be looking forward to the deal to go on with Los Blancos, known that the Frenchman has distinguished himself as an elite footballer for this decade.
Varane’s contract expires at the end of the 2021-22 season, meaning he is allowed to talk to clubs over a free transfer in 12 months’ time. However, Zinedine Zidane is said to have an excellent relationship with Varane due to their shared French origin.
The manager also played a role in his arrival at the Bernabeu by recommending him to Real bosses in 2011. But with the situation not looking good for the manager and Real sitting second seven points adrift of leaders Atletico Madrid, anything could be possible.
Zidane also faces losing club captain and Varane’s defensive partner Sergio Ramos. Contract talks are not going on smoothly due to disputes over the length and financial terms.
Real have a policy of only offering one-year contracts to players over the age of 30. Ramos and Varane have been the first-choice centre backs under Zidane and losing both players at the end of the season would be a significant blow.
Varane moved to the Santiago Bernabeu from Lens almost a decade ago and has enjoyed an amazing career, winning three La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League trophies.