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Raphael Varane remains silent on Real Madrid exit talk

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Raphael Varane refused to budge when it came to discussing his Real Madrid future as rumours that his time at the club will end grow stronger.

The 25-year-old defender has been at Real since the summer of 2011 upon completing a €10m transfer from French side RC Lens.

Over the past eight seasons, Varane has gone from being a mere bench player into a regular member of the Real starting line-up and he’s already got 268 appearances in all competitions to his name.

Aside from that, Varane has also enjoyed a trophy-laden spell at the Santiago Bernabeu by winning four Champions Leagues, two La Liga crowns and a Copa del Rey along with numerous other major honours.

But French news outlet L’Equipe made the shocking announcement this week that Varane is considering calling it a day at Real in favour of pursuing a fresh challenge elsewhere.

The defender himself, though, wouldn’t budge when it came to discussing these new reports surrounding his Los Blancos future.

“I do not want to talk about my future,” Varane told Le Parisien.

“I am not one to discuss my future publicly.”

The World Cup winner welcomed back his fellow Frenchman Zinedine Zidane to Real after the 46-year-old was asked by president Florentino Perez to return as manager following a disastrous season for the Spanish giants.

In his nine months away, Real have surrendered their hold of the Champions League trophy after three seasons and hopes of winning La Liga appear all but over due to their 12-point deficit to leaders Barcelona heading into the final 10 matches.

Los Merengues have tried and failed in Julen Lopegui and Santiago Solari as managers in Zidane’s absence.

“Nine months is not a long time. It was as if it was yesterday,” Varane said.

“I appreciate him both as a person and as a coach. He has been very important to me.”

In fact, it was Zidane who played the biggest role in convincing Varane to join Real in 2011 upon holding regular talks with the then-teenager.

Varane will likely start in France’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Group H at Moldova tonight with kick-off set for 20:45 (CET).

MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 10: Head coach Zinedine Zidane (L) walks along his players Raphael Varane (L) and Mateo Kovacic (R) a training session ahead of their UEFA Champions LEague quarter final second leg match against Juventus at Valdebebas training ground on April 10, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)