Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has confirmed defender Raphael Varane will not be leaving the club this summer.
Zidane has a rebuilding job to do following his return to the La Liga giants after a disappointing season for Madrid both domestically and in Europe.
Varane at Madrid: Five things you need to know…
- Raphael Varane joined Real Madrid in 2011 from Ligue 1 outfit Lens for just €10 million.
- The defender has gone on to amass 274 appearances for Madrid in all competitions, scoring 12 goals.
- In that time he has helped the club win two La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, three Uefa Super Cups among many other honours.
- The 26-year-old also won the World Cup last summer in Russia as France defeated Croatia 4-2 in the final.
- And despite doubts around his future, Varane will be remaining at Real Madrid according to Zinedine Zidane.
Speaking to reporters following Real Madrid’s shock 1-0 loss to relegation-threatened Rayo Vallecano on Sunday, Zidane had plenty to say regarding the future of the club.
With Zidane returning to help transform Madrid back into the dominant force it was once, the Frenchman clearly believes that Varane is a vital ingredient to that very task.
He said: “The positive point of this season finale is that Varane will stay.
“I’ve been gone for a while and now I’m back, I do not have any problems with that right now.
“The season has to end, because it’s true that we have complications and there’s nothing at stake. It’s complicated.
“We have to think about the future and finish the last three games well.”
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“He is very happy here”
Varane has been linked with a move away from Madrid this summer following revelations that the Frenchman wanted a new challenge in his career.
Clubs such as Manchester United and Juventus are reportedly keen on bringing him to their respective clubs to help rebuild damaged and ageing defences.
However, Zidane’s latest comments mirror what he has said in the past and other those interested little hope.
Previously he has told reporters: “I can tell you he is very happy here, has been here eight years, has done phenomenal so far.
“I don’t see him as people have said recently, he looks happy and committed in what he is doing.”