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Manchester United defender not closing the door on a future move to Real Madrid

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Manchester United star Raphael Varane has opened up about his future and has left the door open for a potential return to Real Madrid.

Speaking in an interview with the GQ magazine (h/t MARCA), the French defender expressed his desire to finish his career at one of his former clubs, Real Madrid, Manchester United, or Lens.

While acknowledging that a return to Madrid would be complicated, Varane said that he does not intend to rush his decision.

“There will be no other team. I will finish my career at Real Madrid, Manchester United or at Lens. Madrid seems complicated because they don’t usually come back. I don’t intend to rush, but the closer you get to 30, the more you think about it,” Varane told GQ.

Varane’s departure from Real Madrid in the summer of 2021 after ten successful years at the club was a surprise to many, but the central defender handled the situation well. He expressed his desire to start a new stage of his career outside of Madrid, and the club respected his decision.

Varane’s departure last summer was part of a larger exodus of Madrid legends that included Zinedine Zidane and Sergio Ramos.

The possibility of Varane returning to Madrid is an exciting prospect for both the club and the fans. He has an excellent relationship with Real Madrid in general, and with Florentino Pérez, in particular, making a return to the Bernabéu all the more feasible.

However, it must be noted that Real Madrid are likely to target younger options in the coming summer. They are among the clubs linked with a move for Josko Gvardiol, even though they are set to face stiff competition from Premier League clubs.

Another alternative for Los Blancos is Portuguese centre-back Antonio Silva, who is currently plying his trade with SL Benfica.

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Manchester City forward rejected Real Madrid after trials – ‘Good experience, but it’s in the past’

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When Real Madrid took on Manchester City last at the Etihad Stadium, they were humbled by a 4-0 thrashing that sent them home.

The game had Manchester City written all over it as the men in blue dominated from start to finish, generating almost five times as much goal threat as Real Madrid.

The final nail in the coffin on the night was delivered by a certain Argentine sensation who had been on the field for just two minutes.

Coming on in the 89th minute, Julian Alvarez found the back of the net in the first minute of added time and secured the win for his side.

Speaking to the media ahead of his team’s second-leg clash against the Merengues, the World Cup winner revealed that he was close to signing for Real Madrid in 2011 when he was still an eleven-year-old player with no professional contract.

He played a tournament in the Real Madrid colours, impressing the administration and management and doing enough to secure a deal.

However, his dream was cut short by FIFA’s rules which implied that a player under 16 could only sign for a club if his entire family moved with him. That, however, was not an option for Alvarez’s family.

“I was there for about 20 days. I was just 11 years old. To go to Spain, all my family had to move. It’s already in the past.”

Julian Alvarez scored against Real Madrid last season. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

The young striker eventually signed for River Plate where he shone across all levels to earn a move to Manchester City in 2022. He now stares at another game against the club he could have represented and is determined to give his best tomorrow.

“It was a good experience but it’s in the past. Now I’m different, I’m a professional player. If we listen to what Pep tells us to do, we are going to win,” he said on his thoughts on Real Madrid.

When asked if he would like to score tomorrow against Los Blancos, the youngster did not hesitate in admitting that it would be special for him.

“Of course, I’d love to score again. Last game I was only able to play five minutes and I scored. This time I’d love to play a bit more and of course score.”

Finally, the World Cup winner spoke on Manchester City’s goal of defending the UCL title and why it was a very demanding ask from the men in blue.

“It’s going to be hard [to retain the Champions League]. Last season was hard, this season will be hard again. But we know what we have to do and we have the things to do it again.”

“We always learn, especially winning five different competitions, we learned a lot. But we always see the next game and we always focus on winning, winning, winning the next game,” he added on the team’s approach.

Source: Manchester Evening News

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