Zinedine Zidane gives Manchester United and Chelsea-linked defender advice

Raphael Varane Madrid

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has told Raphael Varane he has to remain patient for first-team football.

Zinedine Zidane has cooled talk of Raphael Varane leaving Real Madrid for either Chelsea or Manchester United by labelling him the future of the Spanish giants.

In an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca, the former Ballon d’Or winner explained that he had been delighted for the French defender and believed him to be the ‘future’ of Real Madrid despite interest from the English clubs.

The former World Cup winner went on to add: ‘’He has to be patient [to get first-team football]. Always staying patient is hugely important.’’

This season, the French international has been sparingly used by Carlo Ancelotti in La Liga, despite being a regular starter in the Champions League. And rumours that he could exit the current Champions League holders for a move to the Premier League have previously been reported in the Telegraph via Marca.

Although he hasn’t had the game time he perhaps would have liked this season, as Zidane said in his interview, he is highly-rated in Madrid and has been touted to become their first-choice defender for many years to come.

At just 21, the former Lens star has many years ahead of him to play regular first-team football and should now purely concentrate on developing through training with the best players in the world.

He would be an outstanding signing for both Manchester United and Chelsea but it would likely take a lot of money for the Spanish giants to even consider entering negotiations.

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