Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane is said to be considering his future at the Santiago Bernabeu due to a lack of first-team opportunities, French publication Le10Sport claim.
The France international broke onto the scene during Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho’s final season in charge of the La Liga giants.
Since trading Madrid for the Blues, Mourinho is said to have kept tabs on Varane and even made a big-money move for the defender during the January transfer window, as per the French report.
Manchester United have also been credited with holding an interest in the star, according to the Mirror, but the likelihood of Varane leaving Madrid in the recent past appeared slim at best.
Yet, after appearing as a substitute in most La Liga matches this campaign, the decision not to start him in the recent El Clasico clash has seemingly prompted the 21-year-old to consider his future.
Le10Sport state the player highlighting this moment as key to his future and his apparent lack of game time is hindering his progress ahead of the Euro 2016 tournament in his home country next summer.
There are only a select few who could possibly prise Varane away from Madrid, and given their previous relationship, Mourinho’s Premier League leaders look a favourable option.
With English duo Gary Cahill and John Terry aging, the Blues could do with a new long-term centre-back and who better to partner fellow highly-rated French youngster Kurt Zouma than the former Lens star.
Los Blancos, however, know what a talent they have on their hands and as the defender signed a new contract as recently as last autumn, as covered by Sky Sports, they are in a position of total control.