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Raphael Varane to leave Manchester United at end of the season

After three seasons, Raphael Varane will depart Manchester United this summer, the club have confirmed.

Raphael Varane

Manchester United defender Raphael Varane is set to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season.

The Frenchman’s contract is due to expire in June and the club have confirmed they will not be renewing his deal.

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Varane joined the Red Devils from Real Madrid in 2021 and has so far made 93 appearances in all competitions.

The 31-year-old was instrumental in helping United win the Carabao Cup in 2023, beating Newcastle at Wembley and keeping a clean sheet.

Alongside Lisandro Martinez, Varane formed a formidable partnership at the heart of United’s defence, but like the Argentine, has struggled to stay fit this season.

He has been absent since the beginning of April but is hoping to be available for the final games of the season, including the FA Cup final against rivals Manchester City on 25 May.

The club will honour him during their last home outing against Newcastle on Wednesday night before they travel to Brighton for the final game of the Premier League season.

Varane sat down to record a message for fans and gave his thanks for their support over the last few years.

He said: “It’s been an amazing few years to play for this special club and wearing that shirt.

“I fell in love with the club, with the fans. You have to play for Manchester United to understand what that represents.

“For my kids, it’s home here. It’s going to be a special place for me, for life.

“Despite the fact we had a difficult season, I’m very positive for the future, the new owners are coming with a clear plan and a great strategy.

“I’ll see you at Old Trafford to say goodbye for the last game at home this season, it’s going to be a very emotional day for me, for sure. ”

 

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Mitch Fretton

Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.

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