Manchester United have signed Raphael Varane from Real Madrid for £41m on a four-year contract.
Varane joins Utd from Real Madrid after spending a decade playing for the iconic La Liga team where he scored 17 goals in 360 appearances in all competitions, alongside 18 major club trophies as well as 2018 FIFA World Cup with France.
Speaking on his move to Old Trafford, Varane hailed Man Utd as “one of the most iconic clubs in world football” and revealed that it was impossible to “turn down” a move to the Premier League.
Although he has won multiple trophies so far in his career, Varane iterated that he is hungry for further glory, as he said: “There is a lot more that I want to achieve in my career and I know I’m joining a squad full of great players who will all have the same determination to win matches and trophies.”
The 28 year-old also acknowledged the progress that Utd have made under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, commenting: “Having spoken to the manager I can see how much progress has been made over the last few seasons and I now join a group ready to play at the highest level.”
Gunnar Solskjaer meanwhile is “absolutely delighted” to sign “one of the best defenders in the world over the last 10 years”, describing Varane as “a proven winner who we have tracked over a long period of time and we know just how much of a dedicated professional he is.”
Varane now joins an international blend of defenders at Utd including Ivory Coast’s Eric Bailly and England’s Harry Maguire, with Gunnar-Solskjaer hoping that the Frenchman can “add his immense skill set and leadership to that group.”
Gunnar-Solskjaer went on to praise Varane’s skills, commenting: “He is a unique defender with a rare combination of top-level attributes that I know will rub off on our younger players.”
Varane will wear the number 19 shirt this season and could make his debut next weekend away at Southampton on Sunday 22 August (2:00pm).