Raphael Varane: Manchester United’s starting XI or Real Madrid bench?

The France international defender is in the transfer rumour columns again and could well be advised to consider his future.

Manchester United scouted French defender Raphael Varane whilst he was a raw talent at Lens, with the Premier League side thought to have been close to signing the defender before Real Madrid pounced in 2011.

The Old Trafford outfit are in a situation currently where central defenders of top quality are in short supply in their squad and surely Louis van Gaal would love to have someone of Varane’s quality to call upon.

With the January transfer window open again, reports have emerged that Varane could well be available if a considerable bid was put to his employers. United are one of the listed suitors.

Just how true this is remains to be seen, but regardless of this the 21-year-old would be best advised to take a retrospective look at his options.

With Carlo Ancelotti preferring seasoned campaigners Sergio Ramos and Pepe in the heart of his defence, Varane has only started four La Liga games this season and only got 12 starts under the Italian coach during the entirety of last term.

For a player of Varane’s considerable ability and promise, this is simply not good enough.

The French defender may well be at the current European champions and hope that he will be able to replace one of the current incumbents as a consistent starter in the team in the near future.

However, with Ramos seemingly set to extend his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu and Madrid top of La Liga, it will surely be a continuation of the same for Varane for the foreseeable future.

It was Jose Mourinho who saw the potential in Varane during his time in Spain and Ancelotti clearly does not have as much faith in the youngster.

Despite United admittedly not being at the standing of Madrid currently, Varane would be advised to think about a potential proposal to move to Old Trafford very carefully should the reports be true and the opportunity arrive.

Instead of waiting for a chance to play in the Spanish capital, the Frenchman could well be an integral part of an historic club with big plans to spend and Champions League football more than likely returning next term.

Surely playing week-in, week-out for United in the Premier League and in Europe beats waiting for a chance at Madrid and warming the bench in the process?

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