French wall Raphael Varane has confirmed he will leave Manchester United in the summer, upon the expiry of his contract, following three seasons at the Theatre of Dreams

The 31-year-old center-back made a big-money switch to the red side of Manchester in 2021 after a trophy-laden decade at Real Madrid.

Injuries have restricted Varane to 93 appearances in his three seasons at United, who the defender will be leaving upon the expiry of his contract in the summer.

“To you guys, supporters of Manchester United, it’s been an amazing few years to play for this special club and wear that shirt,” the former France international said on social media.

The much-decorated defender arrived at the club from Real Madrid in August 2021 and was notably unveiled at the Theatre of Dreams, before the opening weekend win over Leeds United.

Varane has brought a great deal of class and experience to the team throughout his 93 appearances so far. The Frenchman also helped to win our first major trophy in six years, when lifting the 2023 Carabao Cup at Wembley Stadium. Newcastle United was dismantled in a 2-nil triumph for Erik Ten Hag’s men, with Rapha showing all of his experience alongside Lisandro Martinez.

The 31-year-old has scored twice for the Reds, his first goal coming in a home win over Brentford a couple of years ago. Varane’s second effort earned United three points from our 1-0 victory against Wolves, at the opening of this current 2023/24 campaign.

However, it is unflappable work at the heart of the defense that Rapha is most recognized for, as he has shown his undoubted quality since joining the club.

To date, he has made 67 appearances in the Premier League, 58 as a starter.

‘I fell in love with the club, with the fans. You have to play for Man United to understand what that represents.

‘When the fans go to Wembley, it’s something they remember for life. To share that moment with them (last season) was absolutely amazing.

‘Despite the fact we had a difficult season, I am very positive for the future. 

‘The new owners are coming with a clear plan and a great strategy. 

‘I’ll see you at Old Trafford to say goodbye for the last game at home this season and it’s going to be a very emotional day for me, for sure.’ The 31-year-old French defender said

  • The centre-back has been absent since the 4:3 defeat to Chelsea on 4 April but he is currently working hard on his recovery from injury and hopes to be available again before the end of the campaign.There are Premier League matches to come against Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion, before the Emirates FA Cup final versus Manchester City on 25 May.

We are to watch for his next move; Saudi or Europe?


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