Raphael Varane has been nominated for the 2014 World Cup Young Player Award, and clubs wishing to sign him from Real Madrid should now turn away.
During the ongoing 2014 World Cup, former Manchester United defender Ferdinand stated that the 21-year-old is the only centre-back he would buy for the Red Devils at the moment, and over the past few days, his former England international teammate Carragher has said twice that Liverpool should target him.
I would love to see Varane from Madrid. Also like Garay of Argentina but just moved to Zenit from Benfica.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) July 11, 2014
If Liverpool are looking for a centre back my one for the Future is Varane from Real Madrid— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) July 8, 2014
If Chelsea, United and Liverpool plan on making an attempt to sign the Real Madrid defender, then they would only be wasting their time.
Because, as Ferdinand pointed out, Madrid are not going to sell him.
Varane joined Madrid from Lens in the summer of 2011 and in three years at the Santiago Bernabeu, he has made fewer than 50 La Liga appearances. As a matter of fact, he is not even a first-choice centre-back for Los Blancos.
But that owes much to the facts that the 21-year-old suffered with injuries last season, and Pepe and Sergio Ramos have been the first-choice centre-back paring for years.
However, the former is 31 and his temperament was again called into question at the World Cup when he headbutted Thomas Muller in Portugal’s opening game against Germany.
There is a very good chance that Varane will start next season as Ramos’s partner in central defence. The France international’s performances at the World Cup were there for all to see and led him to be nominated for the Young Player Award.
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Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti may not be involved at the World Cup, but one can rest assured that he has been keenly observing his players in Brazil. If Varane’s displays have impressed the likes of Ferdinand and Carragher, then one can be certain that they have impressed the Italian tactician as well.
Of course, in football nothing is impossible and Madrid have made decisions that have been very astonishing (for example, letting go of Jupp Heynckes just after he had won the Champions League in 1998 and not keeping Vicente del Bosque after his La Liga triumph in 2003), but it does not look at all feasible that they will sell Varane, at least this summer.
Liverpool could target Varane, but how realistic can they be of signing one of the best young players in the world even with the money they now have following the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona?
United have not been linked with Varane and Ferdinand himself has stated that Madrid will not sell him, while Mourinho made it clear last month that he does not want any players from his old club.
And even if the likes of United, Liverpool and Chelsea did want to sign Varane, then they would not have got him this summer - not unless Madrid made their worst decision since 2003.