Raphael Varane to leave Manchester United when contract expires this summer


Raphael Varane will leave Manchester United when his contract expires this summer.

The former France international, 31, joined the Premier League club from Real Madrid three years ago and has gone on to make 93 appearances, scoring two goals.

The Athletic revealed in January that although United had initially announced his signing in August 2021 on a deal “keeping him at the club until June 2025” the contract was instead until this summer with the option of a further year.

“To you guys, supporters of Manchester United, it has been an amazing few years to play for this special club and wearing that shirt,” the defender said in a post on social media. “The first time I went to Old Trafford as a Man United player was insane. The atmosphere was amazing. I fell in love with the club, with the fans. You have to play for Man United to understand what that represents.

“For my kids, it’s home here. It’s going to be a special place for me, for life. When the fans to go Wembley it’s something they will remember for life. To share that moment with them was absolutely amazing.

“Despite the fact we had a difficult season, I’m very positive for the future. The new owners are coming with a clear plan and great strategy. I’ll see you at Old Trafford to say goodbye for the last game of the season and it’s going to be very emotional.”

World Cup winner Varane will leave Manchester United this summer (Michael Regan/Getty Images)


World Cup winner Varane will leave Manchester United this summer (Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Varane was one of United’s best players in Erik ten Hag’s debut season but has found himself out of the side for much of this campaign in a combination of selection and injury-forced absences.

Varane joined United from Real three years ago in a deal worth an initial £34million rising to £42m with potential add-ons.

He signed on wages close to £250,000 per week ($315,000) depending on appearances, the terms of which were made more performance-incentivised after his medical showed a long-term knee issue.

Varane has missed United’s last seven matches with a muscle injury with his last outing for the club coming in the defeat at Chelsea at the start of April.

United have three games of their season remaining, with Newcastle United on Wednesday and Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday in the Premier League before the FA Cup final against Manchester City on May 25.

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