Raphael Varane responds to Chelsea rumours

The Real Madrid centre-half has stated that he will not think about his club future until after the World Cup.

With Chelsea parting company with David Luiz this summer, a number of central defensive replacements have been coined with a potential move to Stamford Bridge.

One of the brightest and most respected is Raphael Varane, who is said to be a firm favourite of Jose Mourinho from their time together at Real Madrid.

With the young French defender struggling to get regular game-time in the Spanish capital due to the presence of Sergio Ramos and Pepe, there have been consistent links stating that he could be set for West London.

However, when quizzed on the reported interest from the Blues, Varane said he would not think about it at the moment.

"I'm not thinking about interest from Chelsea right now,” he told Marca.

“There's a World Cup to prepare for; now's not the time to dwell on that sort of stuff".

Varane clashed with Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone in the Champions League final recently, but the defender has stated that he has nothing but respect for the Argentine trainer.

"I have a great deal of respect for Simeone, both for what he did as a player and now as a coach,” Varane continued.

“He deserves that respect: he's achieved big things and is up there with the best. There's a lot of tension in a Champions League final".

Varane is part of France’s World Cup contingent and will battle against the likes of Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny and Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho for a starting berth.

France have been drawn in Group E with Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras.

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