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"He will have been a real leader": Lloris' tribute after Varane's international retirement


The former Blues captain, who has also just announced his international retirement, is full of praise for the defender who has been so

The end of Raphaël Varane's international career has not finished being commented on, especially by all those who shared with him the joys and sorrows of the France team.

After Didier Deschamps, Hugo Lloris, who has just decided to stop his experience in blue, returns to the one who accompanied him from March 2013 to December 2022, as told by



“I knew he (Varane) was going in that direction.

After Blaise

(Matuidi), Steve

(Mandanda), it is a new important pillar which stops.

We can only say bravo to him for all he has accomplished with the Blues.

It was an honor to play with him, to participate in so many meetings with him, and to have been able to rely on the player and the man to such an extent (...) He will have been a real leader, with a rather reserved personality, a quiet force which expressed itself wisely.

I remember very well his first appointments in the spring of 2013. I immediately thought that we were going to spend time together.

He was mature despite his young age, we already felt the player he was going to become (...) We always trusted each other, and we were always complementary.

Raph has always been altruistic, focused on the success of the team.

But he still has many good years ahead of him!


The central defender of Manchester United also received a message of thanks from whoever could become his successor for the captaincy at the Blues.

Kylian Mbappé expressed himself on his Instagram account with a simple but effective "Thank you Raph, the best for the future".

Kylian Mbappé's little message for Raphaël Varane after the announcement of his international retirement.

- Antoine CHIRAT (@chiratantoine) February 2, 2023

Source: leparis

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