Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has been praised by former Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United stars, and he has also been linked with a move to Chelsea this summer (click here to read more).
Having been signed by Los Blancos from Lens in the summer of 2011 when Jose Mourinho was the coach of the Spanish giants, Varane has established himself as one of the best young centre-backs in Europe, if not the best.
The 21-year-old was the star of the France national team that reached the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and was nominated for the Best Young Player award.
Varane may not have progressed as much as he would have wanted to in the last two or so years, mainly due to the injuries he suffered last season and the centre-back pairing of Pepe and Sergio Ramos, but his potential remains undisputed.
Varane has been reported to be on the radar of Chelsea, with Mourinho believed to be keen on adding the youngster to his squad.
Although the Portuguese has publicly claimed that he is not looking for a new centre-back (click here to read more) despite his admiration of the centre-back's quality, reports continue to link Varane with a move to Stamford Bridge.
But the following photo the Frenchman posted on social networking site Twitter on Tuesday (with the message: ‘Nothing like a trophy to start the new season’) sums up why he is not going to leave Madrid anything soon.
Varane did not start Madrid’s UEFA Super Cup match against Sevilla at the Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff and was an unused substitute, but he was still delighted to have kicked off the 2014-15 campaign with trophy triumph – a clear sign that he is not interested in leaving a club with whom he won the Champions League and the Copa del Rey last season, and La Liga the season before.
Speculation on the future of the Frenchman will continue until the end of the summer transfer window, but as one edges closer to the deadline, it looks more and more likely that Varane is not going to leave the Santiago Bernabeu – not this summer anyway.