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OFFICIAL: Manchester United sign Raphael Varane away from Real Madrid

The defender leaves the Spanish club after 10 seasons.

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It’s official. Manchester United and Real Madrid have completed the transfer of French center-back Raphael Varane, who leaves the club after 10 seasons. While the fee hasn’t been disclosed, reports from England and Spain indicate that United will pay around €50 million.

Real Madrid C. F. and Manchester United FC have agreed the transfer of Raphaël Varane.

Our club thanks the player for his professionalism and exemplary conduct throughout his ten seasons representing our colours, during which time he has won 18 titles: 4 Champions Leagues, 4 Club World Cups, 3 European Super Cups, 3 LaLiga titles, 1 Copa del Rey and 3 Spanish Super Cups.
Source: Realmadrid.com

Real Madrid would like to express their gratitude to Raphaël Varane and his family and wish him the best of luck in this new stage of his career.

Varane was set to become a free agent in the summer of 2022 after he had refused to sign an extension with Real Madrid. The defender was keen on trying a new challenge and Madrid weren’t offering the salary he wanted, so Los Blancos ultimately had to sell him if they didn’t want to lose him for free in just 12 months.

Varane leaves the club as one of the most successful defenders in recent history. He’s won three league titles, four Champions Leagues, three European Supercups and four FIFA Club World Cups.

Madrid have let go their two undisputed starters at the center-back spot in Sergio Ramos and Varane, so it’s now a new era and time for players like Eder Militao and David Alaba to prove their worth.