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Raphael Varane wants to join Manchester United or Chelsea

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Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane is fed up of sitting on the bench this season and now desperately wants to join Manchester United, Chelsea or another top European club ready to offer him regular first-team football.

Varane has started just four of Madrid's 17 games in La Liga so far this season, failing to dislodge the first-choice centre-back pairing of Sergio Ramos and Pepe in big matches.

The hugely talented young Frenchman has been forced to make do with game time in cup competitions, a stance the Daily Star believes the 21-year-old is not prepared to accept any longer.

Ancelotti has a battle on his hands

It's clear that Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti needs to convince Varane he remains a key part of his plans moving forward, which may prove difficult given the young Les Blues international's ambition.

Varane is surely fed up of watching young international colleague Paul Pogba shining as the heartbeat of a Juventus side built to maximise his potential, while he impresses occasionally rather than playing every single week for Madrid.

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Mourinho reunion on the cards?

If the 21-year-old is serious about leaving Madrid then his first port of call will likely be Chelsea, thanks to a strong working relationship with Blues boss Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese tactician brought Varane to the Spanish capital in 2011 and gave his talent the platform to shine at Madrid, despite the kind of fierce competition for places which is currently threatening to harm his development into one of the world's top centre-backs.

Sooner rather than later Mourinho will have to start searching for John Terry's replacement, Varane would certainly fit the bill for a fee in the region of £20 million.

Manchester United have also tried to sign Varane in the past and desperately need a commanding centre-back to bring authority to their backline, so a move to Old Trafford remains a realistic proposition at this stage.

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