Raphael Varane: Manchester United sign France defender on four-year deal

Last update on. From the section Man UtdVarane, who was 18 months old when he signed for Real Madrid in Lens from Lens in June 2011 after turning 18.Manchester United has signed Raphael Varane, centre-back from Real Madrid, on a four year deal.On 26 July, a fee of 34m was agreed to pay for France International. This could increase to 42m with add ons.During a 10-year period, the 28-year old won three La Liga titles with Real and four Champions League trophy trophies.Varane, World Cup winner, said that Manchester United was "one of the most iconic clubs football has to offer.""I couldn't refuse the chance to play in the Premier League."I have a lot to do in my career, and I know that I'm joining a great team of players who are all determined to win matches and trophies."I spoke to the manager and can see the progress made in the past few seasons. I am now ready to join a team that is at the top of its game."I want to make an impression here and will do everything to be a part of this club’s rich history."Varane started his career with Lens in France and made 360 appearances on Real.He has won 79 international caps, and he played in all four games of France at Euro 2020 this year. They were eliminated in the previous 16.United were long-term admirers Varane's work at the Bernabeu.Sir Alex Ferguson, the former manager of Old Trafford, had originally sought a deal for the player. Jose Mourinho also wanted to sign him.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, United manager, said that he was delighted to have secured one of the most respected defenders in the country over the past 10 years."Raphael has been a winner over many years and we know how dedicated he is."We have a great number of international defenders, and he will bring his vast skill set and leadership to this group. He is an exceptional defender, with rare combinations of top-level attributes that I believe will be passed on to our younger players."He has won all the wins, but I know he is determined to succeed." "I can't wait for him to join the squad."United has signed Varane for the third time in this transfer window. This follows the arrival of Jadon Sancho, an England winger, from Borussia Dortmund for 73 million and the resigning of Tom Heaton, a goalkeeper.He is expected to be partnered by Harry Maguire in the United defense's centre, where Victor Lindelof, a Sweden international, and Eric Bailly (from Ivory Coast), signed a new contract.All the latest news about football transfers can be found on this dedicated page.