Raphael Varane has just won the Champions League with Real Madrid so why would he leave?
Described by Blues manager Jose Mourinho as “the best young central defender in the world” in March, the 21-year-old is easily one of the hottest young talents in the continent. Injuries have restricted his playing time this season, but he still appeared in the Champions League final for Real Madrid against Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
Although Varane was not threatened much by the Atletico attackers, he was still very capable and did not allow the grand occasion to get to his head. Even when Madrid were 1-0 down heading into the final minutes of normal time, he looked very calm and composed, and often surged forward to help his teammates in attack. True, he did get into confrontations with Atletico coach Diego Simeone towards the end of the match, but the way he restrained himself while the Argentine was ready to have a go at him was laudable.
Madrid won the final 4-1 in extra-time and soon after Varane posted a picture of himself kissing the Champions League trophy on social networking site Twitter.
HAPPY :-) Thank you to all of you ! Gracias a todos ! Merci à tous !!! pic.twitter.com/QgplJ8Bb9o— Raphaël Varane (@varaneofficiel) May 24, 2014
The photo above pretty much explains why Chelsea will have to fight a lot harder to sign Varane, if indeed Mourinho is keen on adding another centre-back to a squad that is inundated with top players in that position. Having just won the Champions League with Madrid, it will be a step down for the France international if he moves anywhere else.
Moreover, Varane is just getting started at Madrid. He has probably not progressed as much as he would have liked to in Spain, thanks to injuries and competition for places, but with Pepe in his early 30s, he could be the one to be paired with Sergio Ramos in central defence next season. Having started the final and demonstrated that he can handle the big games, it is clear that he has shown coach Carlo Ancelotti what he can do.
Varane has the potential to become a Madrid legend, and he should not squander the chance to be so by leaving this summer.