OGS: ‘I can’t wait’ to work with ‘proven winner’ Varane

Jason Soutar

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has broken his silence regarding the signing of Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane.

The United boss spoke after tonight’s 2-2 friendly draw with Premier League new boys Brentford.

The Red Devils announced on Tuesday that they had agreed a deal to sign Varane.

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

“Of course, very happy that we’ve managed to get a deal with Real Madrid,” OGS said after the Brentford game.

“Medical should hopefully be OK. He’s a proven winner, a player we’ve followed for many years.”

“First of all the club shows ambition with one of the most exciting young players in world football, then one of the most respected centre-backs.

“We have different ways of playing with Raphael. I can’t wait to get him in, hopefully we can get that sorted as soon as.

“We’ve scrambled before towards the end of the window and now I have to say we’re in a good position.”

United were unable to get the better of Brentford tonight, but Andreas Pereira scored a wonder goal in the friendly.

Elsewhere, Paul Pogba’s future at Old Trafford is currently in doubt.

Pogba has so far refused a new deal with United keen to either tie him down to an extension or allow him to leave this summer.

The Frenchman’s current deal ends in a year’s time, when he would be allowed to leave for free, meaning United would rather cash in now if he is not willing to extend his stay.

Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly interested in the midfielder, signed for £89million five years ago.

But several of the big guns at United are said to be in Pogba’s ear, attempting to persuade him to remain at the club.

A source told The Sun: “Rashford and several others have been doing everything to convince Pogba to stay.

“They believe the team would lose a key man if he goes as he’s seen as a genuine world-class talent among the squad.

“He’s also a leader in the dressing room — one of the players the younger ones look up to when the team is struggling.”