Real Madrid and France defender, Raphael Varane, has confirmed that he will stay in the Spanish capital, as he wants to continue his progression.
The French International has struggled to find playing time under Zinedine Zidane – the man who brought him to the club. Varane currently sits behind Sergio Ramos and Pepe in the pecking order.
But, he still wants to remain at the club. The 23-year-old is believed to have interested Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho, but he rejected the Red Devils, according to Marca.
Varane confirmed his intention of staying with Zidane and his squad, when he spoke at a press conference.
“Yes, I want to stay here this year. I think everything is here for me to continue my progression. I feel loved by the club and by the fans who have always treated me almost like a youth product,” Varane explained.
Varane continued to explain that he was confident that Zidane would help him progress further in his career.
“In life you take decisions, I spoke with the club, I spoke with Zizou and I trust that I’m going to keep improving here and the best of me is still to come.”
Varane couldn’t take part in Real Madrid’s Champions League triumph over Atletico Madrid, as well as the Euro 2016 tournament. He was sidelined by a hamstring injury, but the youngster is keen to see what the future entails.
“I want to leave it behind me, I want to move forward and I think that I can keep improving. I love being at a club like Real Madrid, I want to stay here and for a long time,” he stated.
Raphael Varane signed for Real Madrid in 2011, under the management of Mourinho. The Galacticos paid €10 million for the youngster, who signed a six-year contract with the club. He has since made over 90 appearances for the club, and looks set to become one of the best center backs in Europe.