Raphael Varane has recently been linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer.
Described by Blues manager Jose Mourinho as “the best young central defender in the world” only as recently as March, the Real Madrid centre-back will reportedly be the subject of a bid from the Premier League giants at the end of the season.
The France international has struggled to play regularly for Madrid this campaign because of injuries, and there are suggestions that the high esteem in which he is held by Mourinho could convince him to move to Stamford Bridge.
However, it would be a mistake for the youngster to leave Madrid for Chelsea in the summer. Below are the three main reasons why he should stay in the Spanish capital.
1) Step down
Real Madrid is most players’ dream club, and Varane is living that dream at just 21 years of age. Leaving the Spanish giants for any team would be a step down, and he would be giving up on a dream that millions around the world strive for everyday.
True, he has not been played as much as he would have wanted to for the last three years that he has been at the Santiago Bernabeu, but that’s mainly because of the form of Pepe and Sergio Ramos and his injuries this season.
Varane is still only 21 and he should be sticking out for one more year at least. When Nuri Sahin joined Madrid in 2011, he knew that he was not going to play much. Since 2012, he has been an outcast, but at least he gave it a go and tried to make it in the Spanish capital.
2) Instant success
No club is as demanding as Madrid. Just ask Mesut Ozil. In three years between 2010 and 2013, the Germany international established himself as one of the best playmakers in the world, yet the emergence of Isco saw Los Blancos let him go last summer. Varane will face similar pressure once he gets settled into the first team at Madrid.
However, at Chelsea there will be pressure on him right from the start. If Mourinho signs him this summer, then it will be because of his intention to make him a regular starter with the passage of time. Next season will be massive for Chelsea, and both the players and the manager will be under pressure to deliver the goods and win trophies.
There will be no room for mistakes and a young player like Varane, however gifted he may be, is bound to make them and then he will come under undue pressure. At Madrid, he is slowly being acclimatised; at Chelsea he will be thrown to the lions.
Everyone related to Real Madrid has faith in Varane. Coach Carlo Ancelotti has described him as a “quality” player and would have given him more playing time had he not been injured, while club legend Fernando Hierro believes that Varane looks like “he has been playing for 20 years”. There is no sign anywhere suggesting that Varane is not rated highly in the Spanish capital.
In fact, if Pepe’s form drops next season, then the former Lens man will be the first name to replace him on the teamsheet. With people supporting him so much, Varane has no need to go somewhere where there is just one person (Mourinho) who believes in his quality.