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Manchester United defender willing to join Real Madrid in January, but Bayern Munich also interested

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Real Madrid find themselves combing the transfer market for defensive reinforcements after being rocked by injuries over the course of the campaign.

The fact that David Alaba and Eder Militao are both out with ACL injuries, coupled with Nacho’s recent dodgy disciplinary record, has seemingly convinced the club to go after a new centre-back in January.

One of the names that has been heavily linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu in January is Manchester United star Raphael Varane.

The Frenchman is a player very familiar to Real Madrid having spent almost his entire professional career at the club and attaining iconic status among the Madridistas before leaving for United in 2021.

Varane open to Real Madrid return

It has already been reported that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti would be open to having Varane back at the club, given his proven pedigree and the fact that he would not take time adjusting and adapting to the club.

And now, AS is reporting that Varane himself would be willing to make the jump back to Real Madrid from Manchester United in the upcoming January transfer window.

As per the report, the Frenchman is unhappy with being relegated to the bench by manager Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford, and as such, would look at a return to the Santiago Bernabeu very favourably.

In fact, it is also claimed that the multiple UEFA Champions League-winning defender would even be open to accepting a wage cut and adjusting his salary in order to secure a move back to Valdebebas.

Will Varane return to Real Madrid? (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Bayern Munich also interested

However, one of the issues Real Madrid could face in their pursuit of Varane in January is that German champions Bayern Munich are also interested in him.

The Bavarians are looking for defensive reinforcements next month and have identified the Manchester United star as an option. In fact, it is claimed that they would be willing to shell out a fee between €10-20 million to sign him up.

Varane’s contract with Man United runs until 2025, but it is claimed that the final year on the deal is an optional one and would only be activated if the player and the club agree on it.

As things stand, though, the World Cup winner is leaning towards an exit in light of his situation under Ten Hag. And it will be up to Real Madrid to make their first move.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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