Raphael Varane insists he is fully focused on the euro amid the transfer links to Manchester United … and admits feeling ‘strange’ about Zinedine Zidane’s departure from Real Madrid.
In-demand center-back Raphael Varane insists he is fully focused on France and the upcoming European championships, not on possible transfer talks.
With only one year left on his contract and Real Madrid looking to cash in on their much-needed rebuilding, the Frenchman is strongly tied to an exit this summer.
Sportsmail revealed last month that Manchester United are investigating a summer deal for the center-back, which they’ve been watching for a while.
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Raphael Varane will play a key role from France at this summer’s European Championship
Man United believes Varane fits the profile of first-choice defender Harry Maguire
However, with only two weeks until the European Championships begin, Varane insists the upcoming tournament is taking his full attention.
“Now is not the time to talk about my future,” Varane said of the current speculation. ‘I am focused on the selection, on this euro.
‘It is normal and logical to ask the question and as far as I am concerned it is normal and logical to focus on the upcoming deadlines
‘We are all human. We can think about it. As for my personal case, I am focused on the goals we have in the French team, it is not a topic that I will be discussing every day in my room at Clairefontaine.
‘I’m focused on my goal, and now is not the time to talk about it. If I have to talk about it, it is directly with those involved. ‘
Madrid is believed to value the defender at £ 60m, although United are hopeful they can lower that figure – despite potential competition from Varane’s youth club Paris Saint-Germain.
However, it is increasingly recognized that the Frenchman lives up to the profile necessary to play alongside current No. 1 Harry Maguire.
Varane has only one year left on his contract with Real Madrid and has been linked to an exit
With Zinedine Zidane stepping down again, Varane admits it will be ‘strange’ to play for Madrid
Meanwhile, Madrid’s prospects of keeping Varane took a hit when manager Zinedine Zidane stepped down for the second time.
Varane has revealed that he feels ‘proud’ to have played under the legendary Frenchman, and insists he would like to do so again in the future.
He said, ‘My first reaction [to Zidane’s departure] is that I have felt proud for the past ten years. He took me from Lens to Real Madrid and I learned a lot alongside him.
‘He is a coach with a human side. He is an inspiration not only for me but for many players who have met him.
“Seeing him leave is strange to me and a whole generation of players at Real Madrid.
‘It was a pleasure to work with him, and it would be nice if it happened again in the future. He is a great coach and a great person. ‘