Raphael Varane could look to leave Real Madrid this summer after coming towards the end of a ‘cycle’ in Spain.
Varane joined Real Madrid from FC Lens in 2011 after the intervention of Zinedine Zidane, who has returned as the club’s manager after stepping down last summer.
The Frenchman has established himself as one of the world’s finest centre-halves, winning two La Ligas and four Champions Leagues at club level, and a World Cup with France on the international scene.
But L’Equipe now report that the 25-year-old feels he might have ‘arrived at the end of a cycle’ and could look for a new challenge elsewhere.
The French newspaper references Varane’s ‘desire to put oneself in danger’ – or to get out of his Madrid comfort zone.
L’Equipe say any Varane move would break Van Dijk’s world-record transfer for a defender, predicting that it would cost anywhere between £85.5m and £119.7m to sign him.