The 20-year-old Frenchman has emerged as one of the best defensive talents in Europe following his emergence in the Real Madrid first team under former boss Jose Mourinho.
Varane is attracting a lot of attention from all over Europe with Chelsea already linked with a potential move for him and suggestions that he could be a good signing for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and David Moyes at Manchester United.
However, the player himself doesn’t seem to have eyes for any club other than Real Madrid, praising the current setup under Carlo Ancelotti at the club and the current standard within the squad.
“The Ancelotti and Zidane duo is working well. I get on well with Zizou and he is helping me to keep developing,” he told Telefoot.
The presence of Zidane at Real Madrid is particular important and not just because he’s from the same country as the young defender.
Zidane is a Real Madrid icon, someone everyone in Spain respects and someone perfectly positioned to ensure that a talent like Varane never walks away from Los Blancos.
He’s a very influential figure, someone who knows how Real Madrid works and someone who understands the benefits and various ideologies connected to the club, stressing that to youngsters in very simple ways.
“I'm lucky enough to play for one of the greatest clubs in the world. We have the best defenders, and the competition is fierce,” added the Frenchman.
Varane is regularly appearing next to one of the best Spanish centre backs and defenders there has ever been in the form of Sergio Ramos.
One of the only ways that a young player can develop, get better and improve on consistency is by playing and training with other top talents in his position.
Varane is also very fortunate to be at a club where he’s training against some of the best attacking players in the world.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Isco and plenty of others at the club are well positioned to test him in training on a daily basis and that experience is not something the youngster will instantly get should he move to the Premier League.
If he can work hard, containing players like Ronaldo on the training pitch, then his game is going to elevate to a very high level if he stays where he is, further reducing the potential for him to head to England or another top European league.
It took him a while to get into the Real Madrid starting side this season but recent performances against FC Copenhagen and Levante suggest he’s at the forefront of Ancelotti’s thinking.
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