Raphael Varane

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Bale and Varane to travel to Club World Cup

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale and France international Raphael Varane will travel with the Real Madrid squad to the Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Friday.

Zidane made the announcement after injury-plagued Bale returned to training on Friday morning, but despite being available for the Club World Cup, which started on Wednesday with host club Al Jazira’s 1-0 win over New Zealanders Aukland City, both the Wales winger and Varane will miss Saturday’s visit of Sevilla in La Liga.

Real blow as Varane sidelined

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid’s France international central defender Raphael Varane has picked up a hamstring injury and risks missing up to three weeks as the European champions fight on two fronts for silverware.

Real Madrid revealed on their website Friday that Varane suffered the injury in their shock 2-1 defeat at Valencia midweek where he was substituted after 72 minutes.

Real Madrid strike late to progress on Ronaldo’s homecoming

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Lisbon (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo was lauded like a king of his return to where his career began at Sporting Lisbon, but Real Madrid showed no mercy in booking their place in the knockout stages for a 20th consecutive season with a 2-1 win on Wednesday.

However, victory came at a cost for the European champions as Gareth Bale limped off just before the hour mark with an ankle injury just 11 days before Real travel to face Barcelona in El Clasico.

Champions League Review: Dortmund And Madrid Draw While Leicester Win

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Andre Schurrle came off the bench to ensure Borussia Dortmund claimed a 2-2 draw against Real Madrid as Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 95th Champions League goal.

Ronaldo reached the landmark when his first-time effort beat Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki to give the visitors a 1-0 lead but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stabbed home from close range to level just before half-time.

Newcastle Linked With Top Young Defender

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News today In France Football that Newcastle have been linked with 19-year-old RC Lens defender Jean-Kevin Duverne, whose style of play has been compared with Real Madrid's Raphael Varane. Jean-Kevin plays at center-back and is a right footed player who can also play at right-back. A number of the big clubs are after him.

From Spain: Mourinho Wants €40m Real Madrid Star After Pogba Signing

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho reportedly wants to add one more marquee player to the squad before the end of the transfer window. The Red Devils have already signed Eric Bailly this summer, but it seems Mourinho wants another top quality defender for the centre back role.

The Red Devils have smashed the world transfer record to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus earlier this month, but it seems United have not completed their business yet.

Mourinho summer targets rejects Manchester United transfer to continue at current club

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Manchester United have handed a blow in their pursuit of signing Raphael Varane after the defender confirmed that he will stay at Real Madrid beyond this summer transfer window.

The France international’s future at the Spanish capital club was uncertain and was linked with a move away from the Champions League winners.

Manchester United willing to pay €40m for Real Madrid star, Mourinho made contact, player considered offer

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Check the front page of Spanish newspaper Marca today. It reads: “Varane Dice No A Mou”. It means “Varane says NO to Mou”.

I don’t speak Spanish. So I let our in-house Spanish translator Manuel Traquete to translate the story for me. Based on his translation, here’s the gist I get:

Jose Mourinho signed Varane in 2011 from French club Lens during his time at Real Madrid.

Mourinho wants Manchester United defender to be as good as Real Madrid star

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that he will work towards making summer signing Eric Bailly as good as Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.

The Portuguese tactician was in charge of the Spanish capital club when the centre-back joined the 11 time European champions in 2011, which is one year after Mourinho took charge at Madrid.

RAPHAEL VARANE THE DARLING OF EUROPEAN FOOTBALL CLUBS

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Top clubs ready to pounce as Raphael Varane grows unsettled at Real Madrid

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Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane is unhappy with his current role at Real Madrid and is reportedly readyto leave the Spanish capital this summer unless he is given assurances from the club.

The 23-year-old France international has been the subject of speculation in the past. However, the young center-back would instantly quell those rumors by professing his desire to remain in Spain.

Top clubs ready to pounce as Raphael Varane grows unsettled at Real Madrid

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Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane is unhappy with his current role at Real Madrid and is reportedly readyto leave the Spanish capital this summer unless he is given assurances from the club.

The 23-year-old France international has been the subject of speculation in the past. However, the young center-back would instantly quell those rumors by professing his desire to remain in Spain.

Barcelona v Real Madrid – Preview, match facts, team news, quotes, betting and more

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Manager comments on Manchester United's €30m target, says it is normal that Mourinho wants him

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Manager comments on Manchester United's €30m target, says it is normal that Mourinho wants him - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spanish newspaper Sport reported earlier this week that Jose Mourinho would be given a massive transfer war-chest, should he take charge at Manchester United next summer.

Five players Jose Mourinho can bring to Manchester United from his former clubs

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Five players Jose Mourinho can bring to Manchester United from his former clubs - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jose Mourinho is likely to become the next manager for Manchester United, if the widespread media reports are to be believed.

The former Chelsea boss will be given a massive transfer budget to bring players of his choice.

French star reveals Manchester United talks before joining Real Madrid

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French star reveals Manchester United talks before joining Real Madrid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Despite evident problems in central defense, Manchester United failed to address the situation in the summer transfer window falling short in their efforts to sign a quality defender.

Manchester United make audacious €150m bid in signing two world class players

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Manchester United will test Real Madrid's resolve by making an audacious bid in signing their star duo of Gareth Bale and Raphael Varane.

According to the reports in Spain, Mundo Deportivo claims that the Red Devils are preparing €150m bid in landing the forward and the defender in the summer transfer window.

Guess What Man United Star Is Called The Best Young Central Defender In Europe ?

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According to a new study compiled by CIES Football Observatory, Europe's best central defender aged 23 and under is not Real Madrid's Raphael Varane or Jose Gimenez of Atletico. Instead it is Manchester United defender Phil Jones!

BEST U23 CENTRAL DEFENDERS

1 Phil Jones (Man Utd)
2 Jose Gimenez (Atletico Madrid)
3 Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)
=4 Marquinhos (PSG)
=4 Stefan de Vrij (Lazio)
6 Tin Jedvaj (Leverkusen)
7 Niklas Sule (Hoffenheim)
8 Michael Keane (Burnley)
9 Jores Okore (Aston Villa)
10 Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia)

Jones credited United boss Louis van Gaal for his improved play this season, saying in an interview last month that:

‘Every player is well aware of the philosophy of the manager and the way he wants his teams to play.

Luis Suarez, Quaresma, Varane…Names of the Champions League, Matchday 11

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Raphael Varane determined to leave his mark with Real Madrid

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Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane is determined to leave his mark within the team despite a lack of playing time under manager Carlo Ancelotti.

The France international is preparing for tomorrow's friendly against Brazil and is expected to start in Didier Deschamps starting eleven.

Although the 21-year-old has been a regular with the French national team, he has struggledfor first-team football withReal Madrid due to the presence of veteran defenders, Pepe and Sergio Ramos.

Raphael Varane determined to leave his mark with Real Madrid

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Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane is determined to leave his mark within the team despite a lack of playing time under manager Carlo Ancelotti.

The France international is preparing for tomorrow's friendly against Brazil and is expected to start in Didier Deschamps starting eleven.

Although the 21-year-old has been a regular with the French national team, he has struggledfor first-team football withReal Madrid due to the presence of veteran defenders, Pepe and Sergio Ramos.

Chelsea to bid for £30m Manchester United target

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Chelsea to bid for £30m Manchester United target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are planning to launch a£30m summer bid for Real Madrid defenderRaphael Varane, who is also a reported target of Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho is particularly unhappy with the way his team defended against PSG failing to defend set-pieces properly, resulting in two goals and subsequent elimination from the Champions League.

Shit Lookalikes: Raphael Varane & Scooby Doo

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LVG urges Manchester United to sign Real Madrid star by offering €40m

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LVG urges Manchester United to sign Real Madrid star by offering €40m - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to reports from Spanish Media outlet Mundo Deprotivo, Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has urged the Old Trafford hierarchy to offer €40m to Real Madrid for securing the services of Raphael Varane.

Real Madrid star’s frustration pushing him closer to Manchester United and Chelsea?

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Real Madrid star's frustration pushing him closer to Manchester United and Chelsea? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid star Raphael Varane's frustrations with being largely overlooked in Carlo Ancelotti's side has prompted an angry response that he is still happy at the Spanish giants.

Raphael Varane Dismisses Transfer Speculation And Commits Future To Real Madrid

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Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has been linked with a host of Europe's top clubs over the past season and a half. TheFrance international has found playing time hard to come by under manager Carlo Ancelotti since suffering lingering knee injuries throughout the 2013-14 campaign.

This season, the 21-year-old Frenchman has made six La Liga starts for Los Blancos while his main competitor in central defense, Pepe, has been named to the starting eleven fourteen times.

Raphael Varane Dismisses Transfer Speculation And Commits Future To Real Madrid

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Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has been linked with a host of Europe's top clubs over the past season and a half. TheFrance international has found playing time hard to come by under manager Carlo Ancelotti since suffering lingering knee injuries throughout the 2013-14 campaign.

This season, the 21-year-old Frenchman has made six La Liga starts for Los Blancos while his main competitor in central defense, Pepe, has been named to the starting eleven fourteen times.

Chelsea and Manchester United’s hope dashed in signing La Liga star

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Chelsea and Manchester United's hope of signing Raphael Varane have been dashed after the defender revealed that he remains committed to Real Madrid.

The French international has seen his first team appearances have been limited this season, which had raised concern over his long-term future at the Spanish capital club.

Manchester United attempt audacious move for £19m Chelsea target

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With such a vast array of talent at their disposal, it is not a surprise that Real Madrid are facing the problem of plenty.

In this case, their centre-back pairing is in question.

Five Potential Replacements For John Terry At Chelsea

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Five Potential Replacements For John Terry At Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Amidst everything Chelsea have been through in almost the last decade and a half, there has been one constant. John Terry, who made his debut for the Blues back in 1998 in a League Cup against Aston Villa, has gone on to become the most successful captain in the club's history.

United missed out on Real Madrid defender because of Phil Jones

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Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane said he turned down a move to Manchester United because the club had just signed Phil Jones and the Frenchman feared that might limit his first team opportunities.

The French defender was one of European football's most promising prospect when he left Lens in the summer of 2011, with Real Madrid beating PSG and United in the race to the then 18-year-old.

France

World Cup will be Koscielny swansong

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Paris (AFP) – Laurent Koscielny will retire from the France team after the 2018 World Cup, making way for a new generation of players, the Arsenal centre-back said on Tuesday.

“I’m starting to get a bit old at 32. With Sam (Umtiti of Barcelona) and the others in their twenties and on the lookout, the time has come,” Koscielny told a press conference at the French team headquarters.

World Cup will be Koscielny swansong

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Paris (AFP) – Laurent Koscielny will retire from the France team after the 2018 World Cup, making way for a new generation of players, the Arsenal centre-back said on Tuesday.

“I’m starting to get a bit old at 32. With Sam (Umtiti of Barcelona) and the others in their twenties and on the lookout, the time has come,” Koscielny told a press conference at the French team headquarters.

France ghosts fire Harry Kane’s World Cup dreams

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London (AFP) – Memories of the chasing England were given by France’s Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele remain fresh in Harry Kane’s mind as he contemplates his side’s path to the World Cup.

England are on course to secure a ticket to Russia ahead of Friday’s qualifier against Malta in Ta’Qali, but recent friendly games have laid bare the extent to which they trail behind the global elite.

France ghosts fire Harry Kane’s World Cup dreams

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London (AFP) – Memories of the chasing England were given by France’s Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele remain fresh in Harry Kane’s mind as he contemplates his side’s path to the World Cup.

England are on course to secure a ticket to Russia ahead of Friday’s qualifier against Malta in Ta’Qali, but recent friendly games have laid bare the extent to which they trail behind the global elite.

Southgate gauges gap to best as England lose in France

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Paris (AFP) – England manager Gareth Southgate admitted Tuesday’s 3-2 friendly defeat to France in Paris provided further evidence of how far his side still have to go before they can be considered contenders at next year’s World Cup.

They were unable to hold onto an early lead given to them by Harry Kane and ended up conceding defeat despite the hosts playing most of the second half with 10 men at the Stade de France.

Manchester United €25m target: Mourinho gave me a “kick up in the a**”

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Jose Mourinho is more comfortable working with ready made stars than grooming a young raw talent and refining him into a world class player. However, the Portuguese can take great credit for the part he played in the development of Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.

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Three areas Chelsea must improve upon next season

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Three areas Chelsea must improve upon next season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

His side may have cantered to the Premier League title this season, but Jose Mourinho is experienced enough to know that Chelsea will need to improve even further to have a chance of retaining their crown next season.

Three Players Chelsea Can Sign In January

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Chelsea have undoubtedly been the standout team in the Premier League so far. Unbeaten after 11 games, the Blues sit pretty at the top and have already pulled well clear of their rivals. Defending champions Man City are 8 points behind, while Man United are a massive 13 points adrift.

The Rest

Sir Alex Ferguson Reveals Seven Superstars He Unsuccesfully Tried To Sign For Manchester United

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My way or the highway

As mentioned earlier, Sir Alex Ferguson is currently doing the rounds while plugging the release of his new book.

As such,extracts are currently being leaked/serialised all over the place, giving us a little more insight into Fergie's largely clandestine tenure at Manchester United.