Real Madrid starlet Raphael Varane has caused a storm of speculation surrounding his potential move to Chelsea this summer, after he refused to rule out a move to Stamford Bridge when quizzed on the topic.
According to French newspaper Le 10 Sport, citing Telefoot, the France international admitted there was interest coming from west London - where Jose Mourinho is said to be weighing up whether or not to make a formal offer - but declined to discuss the matter in any sort of detail. Whilst Varane didn’t physically promote the idea of himself moving to England this summer, he far from rubbished talk of it, which Blues fans will take as a good sign.
When asked about the intrigue from Mourinho, the 21-year-old simply replied: “Will I move to Chelsea? I am not at all focused on that, there is a World Cup to prepare for, it is not the time to ask this kind of question.”
Despite being ranked amongst the top young footballers in the world, Varane struggled to break up the defensive partnership of Sergio Ramos and Pepe this season, and was limited to a mere 14 appearances in La Liga. Whilst under Mourinho’s tutelage, when the Special One was in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu, things were entirely different, and it could be that he is open to a switch to the Premier League so long as he is guaranteed plenty of game time.
Le 10 claim that Mourinho has already told Varane that he would be a regular starter were he to join his Blues revolution, and it’s now thought that the centre-back will seek talks with Carlo Ancelotti to determine what sort of role he will have at Madrid next season. With John Terry edging ever-closer to retirement, it makes sense that Mourinho is actively looking for a long-term successor, but has he found his man in Varane?