On June 22 2011, Lens president Gervais Martel confirmed to a group of supporters at a club meeting that Varane would be joining the Spanish club Real Madrid stating, “He will play for Real Madrid under the guidance of José Mourinho.”
Manchester United are preparing the official bid to Real Madrid for Raphaël Varane, after direct talks since 4 days. ? #MUFC
Man Utd made him a contract proposal until 2026. Varane wants a Premier League experience – he’d accept if/when Real and Man Utd will reach an agreement. https://t.co/cu03BGA2jQ
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 16, 2021
Varane had previously visited Real Madrid’s club facilities and also met with club advisor and compatriot Zinedine Zidane.
On June 27, the move was confirmed by Real Madrid after Varane successfully passed his medical. Varane signed a six-year contract with the club and the transfer fee is purported to be in the range of €10 million.
The development of Varane was gradual and each day he pushed his limits to become one of the vital cogs of Los Blancos that won the Champions League three times in a row and then came the biggest achievement of his life – glory at the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
After the sunshine came the darkness where Varane witnessed the end of the purple and Real Madrid entering into the transition phase, but still, winning the La Liga in the 2019-20 season would always be a memorable one.
??????? Harry Maguire + Raphael Varane ??
Manchester United's new centre-back pairing? ? pic.twitter.com/jAvmreYDmU
— Goal (@goal) July 15, 2021
In the following season, Real Madrid witnessed the exit of the greats like Zinedine Zidane and Sergio Ramos hinting, a change is about to come and regarding the future of Varane, still, nothing has been decided.
In the meantime, there are rumours that Varane might leave for Premier League this summer and all know, the interest of the Premier League clubs regarding Varane has existed since the early days.
At the moment, Chelsea, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are all said to be interested in Varane, with the English clubs thought to be the favourites for his signature.
All signs point to a Real Madrid departure, following a period in which he became a four-time European champion with Los Blancos.
19-year old Raphael Varane vs Barcelona.
— ً (@TheFergusonWay) July 17, 2021
Should Varane leave, Real Madrid would prefer it to be sooner rather than later so that they can submit a bid for one of their possible summer targets.
Varane has one more year left to run on his Real Madrid contract, something that the club will take into consideration as they don’t want him to leave on a free transfer next year, especially when his market value is around 70 million euros.
If Los Blancos are able to get a fee close to this, it would be a welcome boost to the club following the 300 million euro loss in income caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Raphael Varane has a better Football Legacy than John Terry but I know Chelsea fans will disagree??? pic.twitter.com/z1xlNFPKjQ
— Sani?? (@Sani__UtD) July 17, 2021
Before the second leg of the semi-final of the Champions League against Chelsea, Varane had already spoken about his future to MARCA, where he expressed his doubts about continuing his Real Madrid career.
It is not just money that motivates Varane’s move to pastures new; it is also about expanding horizons and trying new experiences.
Real Madrid will still be hoping that their star defender will put pen to paper on a new contract, but in the event that he doesn’t, they will have to look for a replacement.