Real Madrid reject chance to re-sign Raphael Varane

Intermediaries offered Real Madrid the chance to re-sign Raphael Varane, but they have rejected the opportunity to land the Manchester United defender.

According to a report by Spanish outlet Fichajes, intermediaries offered Raphael Varane to Real Madrid over a possible move in the summer transfer window. The veteran French defender will leave Manchester United as a free agent on July 1. However, he will not return to the Santiago Bernabeu, with Los Blancos turning down the chance to secure his services.

The Raphael Varane story

Raphael Varane has been one of the best defenders in the world for nearly a decade. A native of Lille, the 31-year-old spent most of his formative years in his homeland, graduating from the RC Lens youth division. However, his stock skyrocketed during his decade-long stint with Real Madrid.

The Frenchman turned out over 350 times for Real Madrid, winning numerous trophies, including four UEFA Champions League crowns. Meanwhile, Varane also experienced success on the international stage, winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup. However, the veteran defender has not been at the races during his spell with Manchester United.

The Premier League club signed Varane from Real Madrid in August 2021, with the French centre-back being a popular arrival. However, fitness issues have plagued Varane at Old Trafford, restricting him to less than 100 outings in three seasons. And his spell with Manchester United will end this summer after his contract expires.

What next?

Widespread reports have linked Raphael Varane with several high-profile clubs, including Chelsea. He is also a target for Saudi Pro League outfits like Al-Nassr. The latest report reveals intermediaries have offered the veteran Frenchman to his former club, Real Madrid.

Real Madrid will likely delve into the market for a centre-back in the summer transfer window amid uncertainties surrounding the future of Nacho. However, the Merengues are not interested in re-signing the Manchester United defender, which makes sense, considering his advancing years.

The former French international is on the wrong side of 30, with fitness issues hampering him. So, it does not make sense for Real Madrid to re-sign Varane, even though he will not cost any money in the summer transfer window.

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