Real Madrid’s young prospect in the defence, French central defender Raphael Varane ha reportedly expressed his plans to stay at the Santiago Bernabeutill the end of his career.
The France international joined Madrid from Lens in June 2011 and has since developed into an important first-team member at the Santiago Bernabeu, making over 150 appearances in all competitions. The 23-year-old has been linked with a number of Premier League sides in recent years, but he has made it clear he is not interested in a move elsewhere.
“Right now, I would like to stay at Real Madrid until the end of my career.Things are going very fast in this industry, but why would I not want to retire at Madrid? There is no reason for me to leave. I am feeling very well at Madrid. It is obviously very difficult to predict what the future looks like, but I cannot see myself leave at the moment.I want to continue to be a first-team regular here at Madrid. That is my long-term goal.”
-Raphael Varana told Le Figaro.
The toweringcentre-back has impressed coaches all around the world with his defensive capabilities at the back for Los Blancos preventing his goalkeeper from getting exposed in front of goal with his crucial final tackles on countless instances. The Frenchman is also a forced to be reckoned with in case of Madrid’s attacking set pieces as the 6ft 3 inches stopper is more than capable of heading the ball at the back of the net and has done so on numerous occasions. Adding to that, Varane has had the experience of training alongside, perhaps the best central defensive pair in the likes of Sergio Ramos and Pepe pairing up with either on multiple occasions at the heart of the Real Madrid defense.
Former France defender Frank Leboeuf believes that Varane has the potential to be better than Real Madrid legend Fernando Hierro, saying to reporters, “Many compare him to Hierro due to his technique, but on the physical level he is stronger and he is much faster.
In April 2013, Varane was named by Marca as a member of the “Best foreign eleven in Real Madrid’s history”.
According to Bleacher Report, Varane also discussed his delight at working under compatriot Zinedine Zidane, who has enjoyed a remarkable first year in charge of Los Blancos. The France international reckons the Madrid boss could go on to be a success with the national team in the future too and has praised the positive impression the coach has had on his development already.
The French International has had some injury concerns in the past which had led to him missing out on a lot of important games but at 23-years old, the night is still young for this talented defender who has a contract in the Spanish capital which runs until June 2020. Whether he will stay put in Madrid for the long run is what is left to be seen as Varane has got a pretty long road ahead of him and will definitely go on to become on the top defenders in the game in less than a couple of years time.
Why do you think we say that? Here is sneak peak into what the towering Frenchman is actually capable of doing at the back.