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Come to Rio: Raphael and Ran fulfill an old dream. Will he become the mainstay of United? - Walla! sport

2021-07-28T16:06:39.123Z

Rafael Varane has been a fan of Manchester United since childhood and had hoped to join Alex Ferguson's team a decade ago, but then Zinedine Zidane stole it from Real Madrid. Now he has one goal: to follow in the footsteps of Rio Ferdinand and become the mainstay of the Red Devils' defense.



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Come to Rio: Raphael and Ran fulfill an old dream.

Will he become the mainstay of United?

Rafael Varane has been a fan of Manchester United since childhood and had hoped to join Alex Ferguson's team a decade ago, but then Zinedine Zidane stole it from Real Madrid.

Now he has one goal: to follow in the footsteps of Rio Ferdinand and become the mainstay of the Red Devils' defense.

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Michael Yochin

Wednesday, 28 July 2021, 18:45

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Exactly a decade after Zinedine Zidane "stole" Raphael Varane under Alex Ferguson's nose, the French stopper arrives at Old Trafford - and this deal looks good on paper for all involved. She is first and foremost suitable for the player himself, who needed a new challenge after 10 years at Real Madrid, and will get him in the same team from childhood. She is fit for Manchester United who get a 28-year-old star to fill the position that is perceived as problematic for a bargain price in the current market - 40 million euros with possible bonuses. It also suits Real, because Varane's contract was due to expire in a year, and his renewal work was not trivial, while the club is in dire need of cash right now, especially in light of the wet dream of signing Killian Ambape. So the move was completed quickly and smoothly, and may be one of the significant ones in world football this summer.



Varane was supposed to wear the red shirt as early as 2011, and almost everything was ready for the 18-year-old to arrive in England.

David Frio, a relatively anonymous French former player who proved himself very much as a Manchester United scout and located, among others, Paul Pogba at La Havre, following the progress of Varan Blanc for several years.

He was present many times in the stadium, spoke in person with the player, knew how great his admiration was for Rio Ferdinand who was a kind of role model, and advised Alex Ferguson himself to come to talks with the promising stopper's family.

The details of the contract have already been closed, but have not yet been signed - and then Manchester United chose to acquire Phil Jones from Blackburn, on the warm personal recommendation of Sam Allardyce.

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Ten years late he arrives at Old Trafford.

Varan (Photo: Official Website, Manchester United Twitter)

The bringing in of Jones was not supposed to directly affect the Varane deal, and the Englishman in general was destined to play in the central link as a kind of new Roy Cain, but the brake began to be debated about his professional future. Lance went down then, and it was as clear as day that he needed to move forward, but did United offer him the right route? At that moment, Laurent Blanc, then the coach of the French national team, made contact with his good friend Zidane, who worked as personal adviser to President Florentino Perez, and was about to be appointed the sporting director of Real. The signing of Varan was practically his test of acceptance into the position. Zizu exerted his spells on Varane, and the boy could not resist them. He believed that it was more correct for him to sign at the Santiago Bernabeu - and in retrospect it can be said with full mouth that his feeling was correct. No one knows how his career in the Premier League would have developed, but in the Spanish capital he has gradually become one of the best in his role in the world.



In the first three seasons at Real he spent a lot on the bench, with Pepe being Sergio Ramos' regular partner at center-back, and Ferguson made efforts until his retirement in 2013 to turn the wheel back and win France's services, at least on loan - but in vain. Real believed in Varan very much, Jose Mourinho gave him a particularly serious run in the Champions League, and Carlo Ancelotti also relied on him in the final against Atletico Madrid in 2014. The Frenchman was an integral part of winning the long-awaited and mythological Desima. Since then, he has been an anchor, easy and material in Zidane's two terms as coach. In the white uniform, Varane has lifted the Champions Cup four times - more than Manchester United in all his days.



And yet, despite winning the World Cup with France, consciously Var was always in the shadow of Ramos in a Real uniform.

It suited his personality, because he was not really looking for the spotlight, but now - with the departure of Ramos and Zidane - he faced the great dilemma.

Peres could not afford to lose him for nothing next summer, so the alternative was to sign a long-term contract and make a practical commitment to spend almost his entire career in Madrid, or be sold now and embark on a new path.

Varane, who felt a considerable amount of extraction and went through two less successful years personally, was clearly inclined to the second option, provided it was Manchester United.

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Builds a squad that is supposed to compete for the championship.

Solchiar (Photo: Reuters)

Rumors of a possible move were circulating as early as last summer, but then the Red Devils decided the price would be too high, and the move really did not mature. This time, everyone involved understood that this was the right thing for them. Real have received David Alaba on a free transfer from Bayern Munich, and Ancelotti is set to make him an anchor in the center of defense, with Nacho or Adar Milito teaming him. She can afford to start a new era without Varan and Ramos.



At the same time, Ola Gunnar Solskjaer is vigorously building the squad that should seriously compete for the Premier League title. After Jayden Sancho, the Red Devils also landed a brake at the highest world level that complements Harry Maguire quite well. The Englishman is more physical and tough, the Frenchman is a more elegant player who is able to build the game from behind - in addition to his speed and fine head play. This can be likened, to some extent, to a duo who starred in Ferguson until a decade ago, when Maguire is set to play Nemanja Vidic,While Varane is set to step into Ferdinand's shoes.



In this respect, the Frenchman's chances of meeting expectations are much higher.

Maguire will never be Widitch, but Varane's qualities are really reminiscent of Ferdinand.

And that's what he always wanted as a child.

It was his big dream when he started his career at Lance's Academy.

Now, fashionably late, it's time to make it happen.

Because the Real Madrid uniforms no longer really had any ambitions.

If he helps United return to the top, the legacy he will leave in the history books will be much more glorious.

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