French World Cup-winning and Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has reportedly stated that he will not sign a new contract with Real Madrid, with the four-time Champions League side not being his destination of choice for next season. Despite Calo Ancelotti's arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, he has seemingly decided to return to his native France this summer after more than a decade in the Spanish capital.
The Questions Rise About the Core of Real Madrid's Defence
Having joined the Spanish giants when he was eighteen, Varane has achieved everything possible with the club. However, his current contract is set to expire in 2022, and the club will be forced to sell him before the start of the new season unless they want to avoid losing him, as he will become a free agent the following summer.
According to recent reports emanating from Spain, the Raphael Varane camp received a contract offer from the club in May. Compared to his current €5.5 million net pay, the suggested agreement was an increase on his current salary. However, it was still a fraction of what the 28-year-old might make if he were to move elsewhere, especially to PSG and especially as a free agent.
However, it is reported that Varane is eager to take on a new challenge of a different club, especially after the superb decade of service he has given to Real Madrid. Whilst all this has been happening, Real Madrid had completed the acquisition of David Alaba on a free transfer from Bayern Munich. However, another of their stalwarts, Sergio Ramos' contract, is also expiring, and he is also considering his options.
According to the Spanish daily El Confidencial, Varane will not accept a contract offer from Real Madrid, even though club management had deemed it a foregone conclusion that he would. Now they could lose Sergio Ramos as well, which could mean that Ancelotti could start the new season with a completely new centre-back partnership.
The British press has reported that Manchester United would welcome Raphael Varane to partner Harry Mcguire at the heart of their defence, but he has intimated to the Spanish press that he prefers a return to France, and the only club side that would be able to meet his wage demands and his preference for winning trophies would be PSG.
What Now Carlo
Unless Ramos, whose contract expires at the end of this month, decides to stay at Real Madrid this summer, the team that Carlo Ancelotti inherits will be severely depleted defensively, with Eder Militao, Nacho, and Alaba serving as the club's only recognised centre-backs.
Real Madrid will have to bring in quality replacements, which will cost an enormous amount of money and persuasion from Ancelotti that Real Madrid will be the incoming players club of choice.