Raphael Varane completes Manchester United deal

Manchester United have completed the signing of centre-back Raphael Varane from Real Madrid on a four-year deal.

A fee of £34m – which could rise to £42m with add-ons – was agreed for the France international on 26 July.

The 28-year-old won three La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with Real during a 10-year stay.

“Manchester United is one of the most iconic clubs in world football,” said World Cup winner Raphael Varane.

“The chance to come here and play in the Premier League is something I couldn’t turn down.

“There is a lot more that I want to achieve in my career.”

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“I know I’m joining a squad full of great players who will all have the same determination to win matches and trophies.”

“Having spoken to the manager, I can see how much progress has been made over the last few seasons.”

“I now join a group ready to play at the highest level.

“I want to make an impact here and I will give everything to become part of this club’s illustrious history.”

Varane began his career at French side Lens and made 360 appearances for Real.

He has won 79 international caps and played in all four of France’s games at Euro 2020 this summer as they were eliminated in the last 16.

United have been long-term admirers of Varane, whose contract at the Bernabeu was due to expire next summer.

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