Raphael Varane reacts to Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid exit and speaks out on his future

Raphael Varane has just one year left on his Real Madrid contract (Picture: Getty)

Raphael Varane hinted his future is unlikely to be resolved before this summer’s European Championships but conceded it is strange to contemplate playing for a Real Madrid side managed by anyone else but Zinedine Zidane.

Club legend Zidane parted company with the dethroned Spanish champions on Thursday, bringing to an end his second managerial spell with the club at which he spent the most successful years of a distinguished playing career.

It was Zidane who played a pivotal role in persuading Varane, then a teenager, to join Real from Lens a decade ago when he appeared to be on the verge of joining either Arsenal or Manchester United.

Ten years on and a move to Old Trafford again looks a distinct possibility with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer understood to be keen on adding the France international to his defence and talks over an extension to Varane’s current contract on hold.

The 28-year-old has just over 12 months remaining on his present deal and with a resolution unlikely, Real are unwilling to let a saga unfold having just experienced an identical situation with Sergio Ramos.

Real Madrid was responsible for Real Madrid signing Raphael Varane (Picture: Getty)

Speaking about Zidane’s departure on Thursday, Varane said: ‘My first reaction [to Zidane’s departure] is that I feel proud for the last ten years. He took me from Lens to Real Madrid and I have learned a lot alongside him.

‘He is a coach that has a human side. He is a source of inspiration, not only for me but for many players who have met him. Seeing him leave is strange for me and for an entire generation of players at Real Madrid.

‘It has been a pleasure to work with him, and it would be nice for it to happen again in the future. He is a great coach and a great human being.’

Varane is certain to be one of the first names on Didier Deschamps’ France team sheet this summer and Les Bleus aim to add a European title to the World Cup they won in Russia three years ago.

Speaking about his future, Varane added: ‘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.’

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