Done deal: Varane confirmed by Man Utd before PL opener

Date published: Saturday 14th August 2021 12:35 - Jason Soutar

Raphael Varane

Manchester United have confirmed the signing of France international defender Raphael Varane from Real Madrid on a four-year contract.

The Red Devils confirmed that an agreement had been reached for the transfer over two weeks ago.

The deal is reportedly worth £34million rising to £42million with add-ons.


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The 28-year-old joined Madrid in 2011 from RC Lens for around £10m.

Varane made 360 appearances for the Spanish giants, winning the Champions League and Club World Cup four times and LaLiga three times.

He was also an integral part of the France squad that won the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The centre-back was presented to the Man Utd fans at Old Trafford before their Premier League opener against Leeds United.

He told the club’s official website: “Manchester United is one of the most iconic clubs in world football and the chance to come here and play in the Premier League is something I couldn’t turn down.

“There is a lot more that I want to achieve in my career and I know I’m joining a squad full of great players who will all have the same determination to win matches and trophies. Having spoken to the manager I can see how much progress has been made over the last few seasons and I now join a group ready to play at the highest level.

“I want to make an impact here and I will give everything to become part of this club’s illustrious history.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “I’m absolutely delighted that we have managed to secure one of the best defenders in the world over the last 10 years.

“Raphaël is a proven winner who we have tracked over a long period of time and we know just how much of a dedicated professional he is

“We have great depth of international defenders and he will add his immense skill set and leadership to that group. He is a unique defender with a rare combination of top-level attributes that I know will rub off on our younger players.

“He has won everything there is to win but I know that he is still determined to succeed, I can’t wait to welcome him into the squad.”

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