French centre-back Raphael Varane has been a key addition to the Manchester United defence since his move from Real Madrid in August 2021.
In a recent interview, Varane stated that he sees himself finishing his career at either Manchester United or his boyhood club, Lens. He also mentioned that a return to Real Madrid seems unlikely.
Varane’s arrival at Manchester United has been a major boost to the defence, which has struggled in recent seasons. Alongside Harry Maguire, Varane has formed a formidable partnership at the heart of the defence.
????️ Raphaël Varane: “I will finish my career either in Madrid, or United, or Lens. I will not move to another club. Madrid, seems complicated, so most likely I’ll finish in Manchester or Lens.” @GQSports pic.twitter.com/6bGP9vgjXK
— Madrid Zone (@theMadridZone) March 24, 2023
During his time at Real Madrid, Varane won four Champions League titles, three La Liga crowns, and the Copa del Rey. He also played a key role in France’s 2018 World Cup triumph, starting in all seven matches and scoring a goal in the quarter-finals against Uruguay.
At Manchester United, Varane’s impact has been immediate. In the Premier League, he has a pass success rate of 91.1%, and averages 2.8 clearances, 1.2 interceptions, and 0.6 tackles per game. His partnership with Maguire has helped the team concede just 11 goals in 13 league matches.
Varane’s experience and quality make him a valuable addition to Manchester United’s defence, and his desire to finish his career at the club is a promising sign for the future.