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Varane admits Pogba & Hazard could join Real Madrid

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Raphael Varane admits “it is a possibility” that both Paul Pogba and Eden Hazard will end up at Real Madrid.

Premier League stars Pogba and Hazard have been strongly linked with moves to Real for the past year, with Zinedine Zidane keen to rebuild his squad.

In particular, Hazard seems all set to leave Chelsea for Los Blancos for a reported €112m after French news outlet L’Equipe claimed the deal is close to being completed.

While Pogba has made it no secret over the fact it would be a dream for him to play under Zidane at the Spanish capital.

Since completing a then-world record transfer of €94m from Juventus in 2016, the French midfielder has struggled to make his mark at Manchester United.

“I can’t say what I talk to [Pogba] about, but any great player has a place at Madrid and he is one,” Varane told Marca.

“In Madrid, there is a lot of competition. It is a possibility, there is a lot of noise around and we will see in August where he is.”

On Hazard, he added: “I’ve known him since I started at Lens. He is a top player and it’s like I said to explain the case with Pogba, he could also play at Madrid.

“He is in the best moment of his career with the age and quality he has. When we [France] faced [Belgium] in the World Cup semi-finals we knew we had to have a special plan to stop him.”

On the other hand, Varane’s fellow Frenchman Karim Benzema has enjoyed a prolific campaign for Real this term after netting 30 goals in 53 games.

“To play for Madrid for 10 years and also being the number nine you have to be very good and have a huge mental strength. He is very talented and has reached a moment of fulfilment,” said Varane.

“He knows himself very well, he knows what he has to do to be at his best level and he has had a very good season.

“It may be the best of his career, and it is true that I have seen him very comfortable in his role as leader of the attack. I am very happy for him.”

MADRID, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 09: : Raphael Varane of Real Madrid celebrates after the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid CF at Wanda Metropolitano on February 09, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)