As per a report from Spanish outlet ABC, Real Madrid will not even consider Raphael Varane’s sale this summer.
Varane, a 25-year-old central-defender, made the move to the Bernabeu in 2011, as a raw teen.
After gradually working his way into the first-team setup of Los Blancos over the seasons that followed, the Frenchman established himself as a certified starter during the 2014/15 campaign.
And the years since have seen Varane develop into one of world football’s most highly-regarded stoppers.
The Lens youth product’s near-unique combination of reading of the game and athleticism allow him to regularly shut down the attacks of opposing sides before they begin, which, when added to Varane’s ability both in the tackle and in the air, come together to make up the package of a complete defender.
And the 55-time capped French international’s eye-watering trophy-haul certainly reflects that of a player with the world at his feet, with Varane, despite being just 25, having already racked up 4 Champions League crowns, a pair of La Liga titles, the Copa Del Rey and more with Real, as well as the World Cup with France.
Varane’s uncharacteristic struggles
However, the current campaign has seen Varane fail to showcase his brilliant best on a consistent basis.
The stopper has often looked a shell of his dominant self, at the heart of a struggling Real backline.
And Varane’s dip in form has since led to reports stemming from his home country of France, suggesting that the world champion is taking into consideration a departure from the Spanish capital come the summer.
L’Equipe last week stated that Varane has set his sights firmly on a new challenge.
And the powerful defender subsequently did little to play down such claims when questioned on his future by reporters:
‘I do not want to talk about my future.’
‘I am not one to discuss my future publicly.’
Quotes via Marca.
Varane ‘not for sale’
As such, the speculation surrounding Varane’s future has led to inevitable links with some of European football’s heavyweights, with Manchester United having been hotly-tipped as a potential destination for the Frenchman this week.
As per the aforementioned update courtesy of ABC this evening, though, Varane will be going nowhere this summer, if Real Madrid get their way.
The return of Zinedine Zidane has reportedly seen the former Blancos midfielder demand that his fellow countryman be solidified as a core member of his project moving forward, with Varane himself said to be more than happy to stay put:
‘Real Madrid has made it clear that Varane is not for sale.’
‘Varane has a clause higher than 500 million euros and it is not negotiable. He is non-transferable.’