Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane had only bad news for Manchester United fans about Raphael Varane‘s potential departure.
The defender’s future has been up in the air all season with their being claims he was looking for a new challenge.
The peak of the rumours came at a time the French boss wasn’t in charge of the club and many of Madrid’s stars were said to be on their way out.
Varane was particularly linked with United since it made the most sense given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s reported desire to sign a top centre-back.
Zidane though has moved to reassure Real fans with the season soon coming to a close and the transfer window just around the corner.
According to FourFourTwo, Zinedine said: “The positive point of this season finale is that Varane will stay.”
Solskjaer will now have to turn his attentions elsewhere though no one truly believed Raphael was a realistic option either way.
Manchester United would likely have to have Champions League football before being able to lure him in.
Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld have both been touted with a potential move to Old Trafford instead.
Though the former would cost far more, it’s believed he’s still a more realistic option than Varane and now United have the closure they may have been looking for.