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Chelsea want Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane

Chelsea want Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane

Varane’s Madrid future

Raphael Varane joined Real Madrid in 2011, departing French outfit Lens for a fee believed to be around £9m.

Varane was only 18 years of age when he made the move to the Bernabeu, so £9m, at the time, looked a fairly considerable sum.

However, he has since gone on to establish himself as a key cog in Madrid’s backline.

All told, the Frenchman has notched 355 appearances across all competitions for Real, playing a pivotal role in their recent domestic and Champions League success.

However, Varane’s future in the Spanish capital now appears to be up in the air.

Come the summer, the stopper will have just one year to run on his contract with Madrid. In turn, if he does not sign a new deal, selling Varane during the upcoming window, to ensure that the club secure at least some form of return, is likely Madrid’s best option.

When drawn on his future in September of last year, meanwhile, Varane remained rather coy:

“For the future, it’s difficult to plan. Real Madrid is a very, very big club with great players. What’s important is that everyone plays their part in the team.”

Recent reports have also suggested that Los Blancos are not expecting their defensive star to renew his deal.

Varane eyed by English sides

As such, if he does not renew, Varane could represent something of a bargain purchase for any potential suitor this summer.

Manchester United have been one of the sides most heavily linked with the 27-year-old.

Now, though, Spanish outlet AS have claimed that all of United, Chelsea and PSG want Varane.

The report goes on to speculate that Madrid could sell the World Cup winner for a sum between €50m and €70m.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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