Real Madrid's Raphael Varane addresses exit rumours

Chelsea and Manchester United-linked Raphael Varane has been forced to refute rumours he is unsettled at Real Madrid.

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has told Marca that there is no truth to the reports that he is frustrated about his situation at the Bernabeu.

Varane, 21, has started just 11 La Liga games this season, with manager Carlo Ancelotti preferring to pair Pepe and Sergio Ramos in the heart of his defence.

Despite having penned a new deal until 2020 in September, the likes of L’Equipe have reported that the French centre-back is tired of being seen as a backup and has called a meeting with Real president Florentino Perez in order to discuss his future.

Both Chelsea and Manchester United are understood to be the monitoring the situation, according to the Daily Mirror, with an offer of around £25 million needed to lure him to the Premier League.

The 17-times capped international worked under Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho at Real between 2011 and 2013, while his former boss also labelled him one of world football’s top emerging defenders earlier this month.

He further fuelled rumours of a potential move after declaring in a recent interview with Surface magazine that a proposed contract extension for teammate Pepe would be a “bad thing for his future”, but has now moved to distance himself from those remarks.

"That is a lie, I always say the same thing,” he said following the club’s 2-0 Champions League win over Schalke.

“Competition is important for the team to improve. The competition I like and that are lies. It is a translation that was not good.

"The goal is always to play is normal. As I said, the competition is part of football and try to play as much as possible"

Considering his enormous potential, it would be no surprise to see either Chelsea or United make a run at Varane in the summer but, having proved a more than reliable whenever called upon for Real, one can’t imagine the Spanish giants giving him up without a fight.

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