English Premier League (EPL) club Manchester United needs a center-back. Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane is the one touted to join Red Devils next summer as Jose Mourinho is reportedly set to take over at Old Trafford.
However, current Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has come to the front to deny any reports linking the French defender to Manchester.
“Of course it is normal Mourinho would want to sign Raphael. He knows him well, he brought him here to the club. But I want Varane to stay in Madrid. He is the future of the club.” Zidane said, as reported by FourFourTwo.
The French international arrived in Madrid during Mourinho’s three-year spell at the Los Blancos. The 22-year-old has become a regular at the Santiago Bernabeu and the prospect of him leaving Madrid won’t be a delightful thought for Zidane.
Madrid’s form has improved massively since Zidane has taken over as the manager. They have garnered 13 points from five matches since January and have closed the gap between league leaders Barcelona and second placed Atletico Madrid.
Madrid will face AS Roma in the Round-16 tie of the Champions League this Wednesday and Zidane would want to keep the good momentum going in the continental competition.
Manchester United on the other hand have been handed misery yet again, this time by relegation strugglers Sunderland. The 20 times Premier League champions were defeated 2-1 at the Stadium of Light. United coach Louis Van Gaal did not seem to have any answer for his team’s lackluster display.
The Dutchman has been tipped to leave Old Trafford at the earliest with former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager Mourinho set to take over.
Adding Varane would have been ideal considering the defensive misery United find themselves in at the moment. However, with Zidane’s statement the scenario looks gloom for the Red side of Manchester.
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