Danny Mills warns Raphael Varane he will take time to adjust to the ‘physical and intensity’ of the Premier League as he claims the Frenchman – with an agreement in principle for him to join Man United – in LaLiga has been able to ‘kiss’ with Real Madrid
Former England defender Danny Mills has warned Raphael Varane that he will take time to adjust to English football and will not be able to continue as he did at Real Madrid.
The world-class French central defender is on the cusp of moving to Manchester United after the Red Devils confirmed an agreement in principle has been reached between the two clubs.
Varane is expected to come straight into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s defense as Harry Maguire’s partner, as United prepare to attack for the Premier League title next season.
Danny Mills has warned Raphael Varane he will take time to adjust to English football
Mills believes imminent newcomer to Old Trafford has been able to ‘kiss’ in LaLiga games
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to have finally found a partner for Harry Maguire
But Mills, who has represented England 19 times and has played for Leeds and Manchester City, among others, insists Varane needs time to get used to the physical strength and speed of the Premier League.
‘We know his family tree. We know he is an exceptional talent,’ Mills told Sky Sports News on Tuesday.
“Obviously he has often worked with Sergio Ramos in recent years and it will take him some time to adapt to Manchester, to the Manchester weather. But more importantly the Premier League.
“We know he won everything, but he’s had one or two injury problems and he hasn’t played every game and every season. In recent years he has had those injury problems.
“I think it will take some time to adjust to the robustness of the Premier League.
“We know that in Spain you’re probably going to get half a dozen really tough games in the league if you take out the Champions League, but in the Premier League it’s every week.
“When you talk to all the foreign players who come over, they always talk about the intensity of the Premier League – when you play against the bottom teams you have to fight 90 minutes every week – there are no easy games and that will take some getting used to for it.
“The Premier League is so different from the Spanish league. This is not a player who picks up the ball and runs to people, but an attacking player who scores goals. We’ve seen how sometimes it’s hard for defenders to get to grips with the physicality and intensity of the games.
Varane was back at Real Madrid for the season but will go to Manchester United for £42m
“I’m sure there are a lot of games in LaLiga where he’s been able to roll out 70.75 percent, where they dominated possession and didn’t come under too much pressure.
“That doesn’t happen in the Premier League, you have to get used to it very quickly. He has a very good partner next to him in Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw was exceptional and then Aaron Wan-Bissaka or Trippier as right back.
“It’s a positive purchase, but I’m not a hundred percent sure he’ll come in and be absolutely brilliant, as we’ve seen with Virgil van Dijk or even Ruben Dias, who came in and was a bit of an unknown. .’
Varane, who played for France at the European Championships this summer, did not return to Real’s training ground until Friday for pre-season medicals. He trained with the Spanish giants on Monday, but then travel plans were made for his move to England.
It is another huge asset to Solskjaer’s squad. He has already improved his attacking options with the £73m signing of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.
Mills said the French defender has been able to ‘fly’ through LaLiga matches with Real Madrid
On the arrival of Varane, Victor Lindelof will beat the pecking order at Old Trafford. The Swede is struggling to form a reliable partnership with Maguire, an 80 million pound man.
The arrival of Sancho and the obstructive signing of Varane is a major sign of the Red Devils’ intention. Solskjaer’s side are desperate to close the gap between them and rivals City, who won the Premier League by 12 points last season.
United finished second in England’s top division last season and also finished the campaign second in the Europa League to Villarreal – beating the Red Devils after a lengthy penalty shootout in the Gdansk final.
Madrid have already seen captain Sergio Ramos leave free this summer before he was picked up by Paris Saint-Germain and their summer exodus looks set to continue with Varane, who has played for the club since 2011.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side is trying to recover money lost during the coronavirus pandemic as they look to build a mega cash deal for Kylian Mbappe’s bid next summer.