A few weeks after his teammates Hugo Lloris and Steve Mandanda, Raphaël Varane also decided to retire from international football.
A surprise announcement at only 29 years old for the one who has 93 selections in ten years with the Blues.
In an interview with Canal + and broadcast on Sunday, the Manchester United defender talks about the reasons for this choice, evoking physical and moral wear and tear.
The complete calendar of the Blues
I gave everything, physically, psychologically,
explains the newly retired.
The very very high level is a washing machine.
We play all the time, it never stops.
Calendars are overloaded.
Behind these words transpires a well-considered decision, in which the family factor was decisive.
Soon to be a father for the third time, the native of Lens wants to take more advantage of his family.
I feel like I'm suffocating.
The player is eating the man.