Varane confirmed Man Utd’s interest

The French international Raphael Varane admitted Manchester United were, at one point, interested in his services.

He arrived at Santiago Bernabeu in 2011, when current Man Utd’s boss Jose Mourinho was still in charge of the Galacticos. Varane has been linked with a potential switch to United ever since Mourinho took over at Old Trafford, and the 24-year-old confirmed there had been some interest from the Premier League giants. If you would like to bet on Real Madrid’s upcoming matches, make sure to check out this site.

Asked on El Larguero if he had been called by Mourinho to go to United, Varane said: “No, not directly. There were contacts, but not directly.”

Varane praised United star Romelu Lukaku, lauding the Belgium striker for how difficult he made life for opponents. While he pointed to the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar, Didier Drogba, Harry Kane and Robert Lewandowski, Varane said it was really tough to face Lukaku.

“I feel more comfortable with fast players because I try to control the depth. For my qualities, it’s what I prefer. When they are stronger I try to pass in front, that I cannot play. Like Lukaku, for example. He is the strongest forward in the world. It is pure power. You have to play differently. I try to be more complete to annoy any striker.”


Real Madrid 2 – 0 Espanyol

Real Madrid were a long way from their best performance, but Isco’s first league goals were enough to claim three points.

A brace from Isco helped Real Madrid edge past a dogged Espanyol 2-0 to secure a first LaLiga win of the season at the Santiago Bernabeu. You might have broken some nerves watching the Galacticos struggle, but you can relax and try out the Full Moon Romance Slot, where having fun and making money are the main goals.

Zinedine Zidane’s side were a long way from their free-flowing best, but Isco’s goals in either half were enough to end a run of three league matches without a win at home and keep pace with leaders Barcelona, who remain seven points ahead of them.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s wait for a first LaLiga goal of the season goes on with the Portuguese superstar squandering two excellent chances to get off the mark in the first half.  

As violent scenes marred the Catalan independence referendum in Espanyol’s home city of Barcelona, Madrid fans waved Spanish flags and chanted “Viva Espana”.

Quique Sanchez Flores’ side did pose problems for the hosts’ backline throughout, but they proved powerless to resist two moments of brilliance from Isco.

Madrid, who handed Achraf Hakimi a debut at right-back with Dani Carvajal sidelined by a viral pericardium infection, started at a blistering pace and should have been ahead after just 24 seconds. 

Isco ghosted in behind Espanyol’s defence to latch onto Sergio Ramos’ searching ball, but his effort was too close to Pau Lopez, who duly parried away. 

Isco was involved again when his long-range shot was comfortably gathered by Lopez, before Marco Asensio scuffed wide from a corner. 

Ramos was denied an opener midway through the first half as Lopez pawed away his thundering header from Ronaldo’s clipped cross.  

Ronaldo then laid on the opener in the 30th minute. The Portuguese superstar picked the ball up 30 yards from goal and played a clinical through ball for Isco, who cleverly prodded past Lopez before he had a chance to set himself.

Ronaldo squandered two golden opportunities to add to the lead before half-time. First, a crisp left-foot volley arrowed just over the bar and then Lopez got down well to smother the 32-year-old’s effort after he expertly controlled a long ball over the top with his chest. 

The visitors offered almost nothing going forward in the opening period, but came agonisingly close to levelling just before the break when Gerard Moreno crashed a shot against Keylor Navas’ post.

Buoyed by that chance, Espanyol started the second period in a positive fashion with Navas alert to keep out Mario Hermoso’s drilled effort. 

The visitors continued to press for an equaliser and they were left exposed in the 71st minute as a devastating Madrid counter-attack produced the second goal. 

Ronaldo was instrumental again as his surging run created the space for Isco – who started the move by winning possession – to collect Asensio’s pass and slide into the bottom corner past Lopez. 

Substitute Lucas Vazquez nearly made it three late on as he stretched to meet Ronaldo’s teasing cross, but it would have been harsh on an Espanyol side who acquitted themselves well.


“Zidane is very different to Mourinho, and I like it”

The France international has worked with both coaches in the Madrid, with his current boss markedly different in his methods to a predecessor

Zinedine Zidane oozes “serenity and tranquillity” at Real Madrid and is “very different to Jose Mourinho”, says Raphael Varane.

The France international defender has worked with both coaches during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.

He was signed by Mourinho in 2011 and won the Liga title under the Portuguese before his return to England at Chelsea, and now Manchester United.

Varane has, however, enjoyed more success under countryman Zidane, including back-to-back Champions League triumphs, and admits to being an admirer of his way of working.

The 24-year-old told France Football ahead of an international friendly date with England: “Zidane’s success comes from transmitting calm and never changing that no matter what is happening.

“That serenity and tranquillity conveys confidence and security. He talks little but when he does, it matters.

“I like how he acts very discreetly at important moments, it’s very different to Jose Mourinho.

“There is a real harmony. Sometimes, in the locker room, it’s like we’re dealing with a team-mate. He is really comfortable with us, but he keeps a distance when it is necessary. 

“Even though he’s so close, I have never seen anyone in the locker room disrespect him.”


Could injury scupper Varane’s long-rumored Man United transfer?

Credit: Raphael Varane via Facebook.

After turning down a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu to join Manchester United last summer, Raphael Varane is once again being linked with the EPL side managed by his former boss, Jose Mourinho.

At the time, Varane cited the strong bond he held with current manager Zinedine Zidane as the primary reason behind his decision to stay with Real. Despite admitting that it wasn’t easy to say no to Jose Mourinho, Varane felt a sense of allegiance to Real and Zidane, who was the man largely responsible for bringing the French defender to Madrid from Lens in 2011 in his role of club advisor.

Despite being rewarded for his loyalty by featuring prominently in Real’s domestic and Champions League starting line-up this season, Varane is reportedly still firmly in the sights of Mourinho, and the appeal of playing in the Premier League may be too strong for the ambitious 23-year-old.

The France international has put a spotty 2015/16 season behind him, proving himself to be an influential figure in the heart of Real’s defence. The Lille-born center-half has been instrumental to Madrid’s success this term both in Europe, where they prepare to take on Bayern Munich in what is sure to be a tough ECL quarter-final matchup, and La Liga, where they narrowly top the table and remain 1/3 odds-on favourites amongst La Liga betting sites to triumph. 

Some reports suggest that while Zidane is keen to retain the services of one of his top defenders, Madrid president Florentino Pérez may look to use Varane as leverage in his attempt to coax United keeper David de Gea away from Old Trafford. Real stopper Keylor Navas has come under heavy criticism recently following a series of blunders, and Pérez seems ready to offload the 30-year-old at the earliest opportunity – even if it means giving up one of his side’s brightest talents.


However, any and all plans may be set to go awry due to Varane’s current fitness; an injury he suffered in Madrid’s recent defeat to Valencia has kept the defender sidelined for the past six games, and he is still training separately to his Real teammates in an effort to recuperate.

The injury marks Varane’s fourth major absence in as many years, and undoubtedly calls his long-term reliability into doubt. Will Manchester United be prepared to shell out what will likely be in the region of £50-£60 million for a player susceptible to succumb to frequent injury?

In the end, however, Jose Mourinho may well consider it a risk worth taking. By their standards, his United side have had another underwhelming season; they currently lie fifth in the Premier League standings, four points outside of the Champions League qualification places. Come the summer, the Old Trafford board will undoubtedly afford their manager with another bumper transfer budget, and Mourinho may well decide Varane is the ideal candidate to lead his back line.


The French Connection: Varane’s Real future looks bright under Zidane

Since making his competitive debut in a goalless draw at Racing de Santander in September 2011, Raphael Varane has slowly matured into a reliable option for Real Madrid in the central defensive area. At just 23 years old, his best years are ahead of him and he still has plenty to learn but the Frenchman looks set to feature prominently under compatriot Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu.


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As of October 24th, the France international has already featured 11 times for Real Madrid this campaign and he has quickly emerged as Real’s brightest young talent during the Zidane era – an incredible feat when you consider the vast array of quality on their roster.

Varane has been labelled as one of the best defensive prospects on the planet for quite some time but it is positive to see the Frenchman holding his own on the big stage at such a young age. In fact, his early Madrid form has prompted some to claim that he could be the next long-term captain at the Bernabeu if he continues to inspire confidence under Zidane. 

Varane has had his fair share of injury issues in recent times, but that can sometimes be expected at such a young age. However, Zidane has usually stuck by his compatriot when he has been healthy – and WhoScored’s statistics show that he has featured in all but two of Madrid’s fixtures since Zizou was appointed at the helm; a sure sign of the trust and close bond between the two Frenchmen.


With Sergio Ramos side-lined and Pepe linked with a move away from the Bernabeu at the end of the season, Varane now has the opportunity to fully cement his position as one of Real’s top defensive stars. The 23-year-old has forced his way into the side through reliable and competent defensive displays but his prowess and aerial threat in the opposing penalty box has helped Real to make the breakthrough on a number of occasions this season.

In fact, the France starlet bagged a vital goal in Madrid’s 2-2 draw with Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League before netting in their 6-1 thrashing of Real Betis earlier this month. Ultimately, his unique ability of wreaking havoc at the attacking end of the field gives him the edge over some of his positional rivals.

At the time of writing, Real are currently leading the way at the top of the La Liga table and Varane will be looking to help Zidane’s side to maintain their position at the summit. According to the Bet365 La Liga odds, Madrid are 13/8 to win the title and Varane, who makes an average of 1.6 tackles, 4.1 clearances and 2.5 aerial duels every game, will be central to their chances of glory.

With an 86.7% pass success rate, his skill level is much higher than most defenders and he is able to bring the ball out of defence; a trait that suits Zidane’s attack-minded style of football. Given time and space, the Frenchman can fire even the toughest 40-yard pass across the field to change the point of attack.

Varane isn’t the complete package just yet but he is well on the way to blossoming into a top talent – and Madrid is the best place for his unique skillset. Whilst he wouldn’t necessarily be a fine fit for a Premier League side, Varane has settled at the Santiago Bernabeu and he could be set for a very successful career under fellow Frenchman Zidane.


Raphael Varane Performance and Stats this 2015-2016 Season

With the recent conclusion of the La Liga 2015-2016, and one more Real Madrid match for the UEFA season, there’s a lot to expect from defender Raphael Varane. There are even reports that Varane will consider a transfer to Manchester United at the end of the season. According to the latest sports news, Varane will move provided that Jose Mourinho is in charge at Old Trafford.

Signing in Varane will be a huge boost for Manchester United’s stats and live games. This 23-year-old has all the traits to become one of the best defenders in the world. He blends a sophisticated elegance and composure on the ball, combined with strength and precision. At present, it is uncertain what club Varane will be playing for next season. So for now, here is a look at Varane’s performance and stats this 2015-2016 season thus far.

La Liga

The 2015-2016 La Liga was the 85th season since its establishment. Barcelona were the defending champions. The season concluded on May 15th, and Barcelona was able to retain its title, leaving Real Madrid to finish second on the La Liga ladder. Varane had a total of 26 appearances amounting to 2,182 minutes played for the Primera Division this season. He had 1,619 total touches and 90 interceptions. With a total of 1,073 passes, Varane had an 88.2% pass success percentage. Next to Pepe, Varane tallied the most blocks for Real Madrid with 30 blocks.

UEFA Champions League

With less than two weeks to go, the world is waiting to see Real Madrid face off against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Final. Varane has made 7 appearances amounting to 440 minutes played for the tournament of top division European clubs. Varane has 200 total touches and 14 tackles so far. Varane and Casemiro have had the most interceptions, with 24 and 26 respectively. Varane tallied 108 passes, with an impressive pass success percentage of 91.7%.


Varane Scare for France after Defender Gets Hospitalised

Raphael Varane has played in all of France’s World Cup 2014 matches. It is a surprise to some given that he failed to hold down a regular starting spot at Real Madrid last season. The 21-year-old is rated highly by the likes of Jose Mourinho, Zinedine Zidane, and Didier Drogba. ‘I think he is the best young central defender in the world. Already I think he’s the best,’ said Mourinho about Varane. It is not surprising that Didier Deschamps has preferred the youngster to the partner the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Mamadou Sakho. He is one of the Champions League winners in the French squad.

France will be taking on Germany in the quarter-finals of the World Cup 2014. After three wins in the World Cup, online betting at Betfair places France as 15/2 to win the tournament. They have had to survive a few scares to reach the stage, although the same can be said of Germany as well. Ahead of this crucial encounter on Friday, France are nervous about the fitness of Varane. The 21-year-old spent a day at one of the hospitals in Brasilia, as he suffered from acute dehydration following the 2-0 win over Nigeria.

France had to defend with their backs against the wall for much of the second half and it was only towards the end that they score the goals that put them into the quarter-finals. It was hard work for the likes of Varane, but few would have expected him to suffer such dangerous levels of dehydration.

Dehydration is a major problem at the Brazil World Cup 2014. Teams especially playing their group matches in the north of the country have suffered the most. There have been suggestions that players lose as much as two litres of water when playing in temperatures as those seen in Brazil.

The scale of the problem forced FIFA to introduce cooling breaks in some of the matches. This needs to be enforced when the ambient temperature crosses 32° C, but the referee may also halt the game at any stage at his discretion. There were no such cooling breaks during the France 2-0 Nigeria match.

FIFA is to blame for the issue, as they decided to go in for 1 PM kick offs for several matches. This has been done in order to ensure maximum television viewership in European countries.

Varane is expected to be back in time for the quarter-final against Germany, but his hospitalisation certainly raises questions about FIFA’s concern for players.

A successful World Cup will significantly boost the chances of Varane staying at Real Madrid. Transfer rumours suggest that the 21-year-old could leave the Santiago Bernabeu in search of regular first-team opportunities. Betfair places him at 6/1 to win the Best Young Player Award.

He moved to Real Madrid in 2011 for a transfer fee of around £8 million. The likes of Chelsea and Manchester United are interested in him. Following the departure of David Luiz to PSG, Chelsea will want to buy a cover for their primary centre back partnership of John Terry and Gary Cahill.

With Terry approaching the end of his career, Varane will also be a long-term replacement. However, Chelsea do not find themselves alone in the race to sign the former Lille defender. Manchester United are also looking at Varane’s situation at Madrid. The presence of Sergio Ramos and Pepe does not allow him to feature much in the first-team.
After losing the likes of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, United will want to sign a top-class centre back this summer. Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have had several opportunities to impress previous managers, but it is likely that they will stay at the club only because of the versatility that they offer. Johnny Evans is expected to continue at centre back, but Varane could come to partner him. Varane will be excited about playing regularly at a club like United, but he enjoys a great relationship with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

Former United captain Rio Ferdinand urged the Red Devils to sign the defender. ‘Varane…Real Madrid won’t sell though,’ said the former England international when asked about the one central defender that United should sign this summer. It is not surprising to see another top star predicting a bright future for Varane.


“Ronaldo is spectacular!”

Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane

Raphael spoke to the press about Ronaldo after Real Madrid’s great win against Real Sociedad on Saturday. If you want to predict the result of the next match, visit online betting at williamhill.

“Cristiano is special and spectacular – he gives his best in every match. The first half was very good in attack and defence. We are very proud of how we played. We always try to play like we did in the first half.

“We’re are improving the way that we are playing and we have to keep working hard to improve every day.”

Emilio Butrageno also praised Cristiano Ronaldo:

“Every game we check how lucky we are at this club to have a player like Cristiano! He is a global star. We have to keep enjoying it – he is happy here and I’m sure we’ll go a long way with him.

“We are getting close to playing some fabulous football and we are getting better with each passing game.”


“I’m amazed with Real Madrid’s progress.”

Real Madrid‘s young defender, Raphael Varane has spoken with the media about his team and it’s success.

The 19-year old has “missed out” just one of 9 Real Madrid’s Champions League matches, and that prooves that he earned Mourinho’s trust and faith in him. In the last match, Real Madrid won Galatasaray 3-0, thanks to the attack, and of course the defence (Raphael Varane mostly). You can find yourself placing your bet on his team at Top Bet. The second match will be very interesting, despite the result in the first one.

Varane spoke to the press about him and his carreer in Real Madrid:

“This is a very important stage in my career and is great experience. It is a huge bonus for me to be playing and let us hope I can continue to advance,” he said for the press.

“Last year I was working on a day-by-day basis and never imagined such a quick advance into the first team, but I will continue working hard in order to continue to get better.”

“Galatasaray have no fear of playing against us. They are going to attack us and are capable of creating problems,” he said.

“That means we need to attack more than they do. We must look to create them more problems than they do us.

“We know Yılmaz is a good player, a great attacker. He is quick and very physical. We will have to be aware of him and his movements.”

“I am not nervous. I am aware of the pressure outside but I am focused on my task. At this level we have all to be focused because in any given moment they can create a problem, they can be very quick going forward.

“We have studied them. We will be looking to anticipate what they do. It will be an intense match and we will have to adapt to it.”


Raphael training with his teammates at UCLA

The 25 footballers in Los Angeles combined physical training and ball work; the second training session of the day will start at two o’ clock in the morning (17:00 local time)

Real Madrid began their training in the United States with a demanding session. Manager José Mourinho led a training session at the UCLA campus facilities in which both physical training and ball work played a leading role. Casillas, Ramos, Albiol, Arbeloa, Xabi Alonso, Cristiano Ronaldo, Coentrão, Pepe, Özil and Khedira, the ten Real Madrid players who reached the semi-finals of the European Championship in Ukraine and Poland, trained for the first time alongside their other squad members. The second training session of the day for the 25 footballers that have travelled to Los Angeles will begin at 02:00 (17:00 local time).

Real Madrid’s third pre-season in the United States under José Mourinho got off to a strong start. After the technical chat that is commonplace in the Portuguese’s training sessions, Real Madrid endured a demanding session in which both physical training and ball work played a leading role. Warm-ups and muscle strengthening exercises then led to teamwork with the ball.

Whilst Higuaín, Di María, Lass, Granero, Varane and Callejón trained with recovery expert Carlos Lalín, the remaining 16 footballers available to José Mourinho in the session were divided into four groups of four to play in several small matches on smaller sized pitches and then moved on to dribbling drills laid out on the grass. The goalkeepers Casillas, Adán and Jesús worked alongside goalkeeping coach Silvino Louro. (