Real Madrid boss Zidane responds to Varane’s Man United links

Real Madrid boss Zidane responds to Varane’s Man United links

Man United linked with Varane

It has of course been clear for some time that Manchester United are in need of fresh legs at the back.

Harry Maguire is a decent player, but his lack of pace can be a real issue when not paired with a quick centre-back partner.

Outside of Maguire, though, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has very little top quality to choose from. Victor Lindelof is inconsistent, and more than capable of the occasional nightmare display, whilst Eric Bailly is too often sidelined with injuries.

So when it was claimed earlier this week that Man United are reportedly well placed to sign Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane in 2021, the club’s fans were no doubt thrilled.

Varane is closing on the final 18 months of his Real Madrid contract, and, according to the Manchester Evening News, recently joined the Base Soccer agency, with whom United have a productive relationship.

Real Madrid boss Zidane responds to Varane’s Man United links

MADRID, SPAIN – AUGUST 11: Raphael Varane of Real Madrid CF in action during the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy between Real Madrid CF and AC Milan at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on August 11, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Villareal vs Real Madrid

However, Zinedine Zidane has since putting something of a damper on such rumours.

Real Madrid are set to face off with Villareal on Saturday afternoon:

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Madrid head into the tie on the back of a pretty poor start to the campaign, which has seen them already fall to defeat in two league outings, as well as putting on some questionable displays in Europe.

As such, with Atletico Madrid clear of Los Blancos in the La Liga table with a game in hand, a win on Saturday is imperative for Real.

Zidane on Varane speculation

Speaking ahead of his side’s trip to the Estadio de la Ceramica, meanwhile, Zinedine Zidane was unsurprisingly drawn on Man United’s rumoured interest in one of his star stoppers.

And the Frenchman’s response, from a United standpoint at least, was not at all positive.

Zidane stated outright that Varane is ‘untransferable’, with both he and the club sharing the same position when it comes to the stopper’s future:

“It’s not just me [who wants to keep him.

“He is part of this club, we were very lucky to be able to bring him to Madrid.

“He has a great career, he’s achieved a lot since he’s been here. Of course, he is untransferable for the club, for the coach that I am, for people in general.

“That’s clear and unambiguous. Now we can’t stop people from talking. They’re not just talking about Varane, but about all the players, Real Madrid ones and others.

“But for Varane, my position is clear, and it’s the same as the club’s position.”

Quotes via Goal.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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