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Raphael Varane: Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane rules out summer move for French defender

Zinedine Zidane has insisted he will not let World Cup winner Raphael Varane leave Real Madrid this summer.

The France defender thrived under the reappointed Zidane in his first stint in charge of Los Blancos – making his name as one of the finest central defenders on the planet.

Zidane doesn’t want to lose Varane in the summer

And Varane, who joined Real from French side Lens in 2011, has been linked with a move away in the summer after it was reported he was considering his future with the Bernebeu outfit.

“I don’t want a Madrid without Varane,” Zidane said at his press conference.

“He’s a young player (25), he’s been here for eight years, he’s doing fine.

“He didn’t say anything to me. He’s at the best club in the world and he knows it, he’s won a lot of things.”

Zidane added it would be ‘disrespectful’ to talk about a dressing-room clear-out but acknowledged the club would have to make changes ahead of next season.

“There are many things that we are talking about changing next year, but you have to respect all of the players who are here,” he continued.

“Talking about cleaning (out the dressing room) seems disrespectful.

“We’re going to have to make changes, but this is not the time to talk about it.”

Varane was crucial in France’s World Cup win

The manager, who took over for a second time less than a month ago, would also not be drawn into commenting on the future of Real’s record signing Gareth Bale after the Welshman was booed by Madrid supporters during the 3-2 win over Huesca on Sunday.

Zidane told the press conference, also reported on the club’s website: “The whistles are never good, but they also booed at me and you have to accept it.

“You have to have personality for that and to accept what people want.

“Regarding the future of Gareth and other players, we’ll see.”


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