The World Cup-winning centre-half is approaching the final year of his contract in Spain, but he remains fully focused on Euro 2020 duty
Raphael Varane is ready to delay any decision on his future at Real Madrid until after this summer’s European Championship, with the France international paying little attention to rumours linking him with Manchester United.
The World Cup winner is approaching the final 12 months of his contract in Spain and is seeing a move mooted as no fresh terms have been put in place.
Leading sides across Europe, including plenty in England, are said to be keeping a close eye on developments around Varane, but the 28-year-old is set to keep his suitors waiting.
What has been said?
Quizzed on the speculation he is generating after linking up with the France squad for Euro 2020 duty, Varane told reporters: “This is not the time to talk about my future, I am focused on the selection, on this Euro, it is normal and logical to ask the question and for my part it is normal and logical to focus on the upcoming deadlines.
“We are all human beings. We can think about it. As for my personal case, I am focused on the objectives that we have in the France team, it is not a subject that I will discuss every day in my room at Clairefontaine.
“I am focused on my goal, and now is not the time to discuss it. If I have to talk about it, it will be directly with the people concerned.”
The bigger picture
It may be that Varane forms part of what is shaping up to be a summer of much change in Madrid.
Zinedine Zidane has stepped down as head coach of the Blancos, with the Frenchman walking away from the final year of his contract.
With a fellow countryman heading through the exits, Varane could take a similar approach.
Many have billed him as the perfect addition for United, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the market for another proven performer to slot in alongside club captain Harry Maguire.