Spanish newspaper Marca understand Real Madrid now feel Varane is ready to make the step up from talented youngster used on a rotational basis to a regular starter in the first team.
Varane only made 21 starts in La Liga last season, with Carlo Ancelotti preferring to partner Sergio Ramos and Pepe in central defence.
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Ancelotti has, of course, now been replaced by Rafael Benitez - and with Pepe set to turn 33 next season, Real Madrid officials believe it’s the ideal time to promote Varane, who has not been completely settled at the Bernabeu over the past year due to his status in the squad.
Both United and Chelsea have been monitoring the France international’s situation closely in recent months, while it was reported by French publication Le 10 Sport last week that Varane would seriously consider offers to leave Real Madrid this summer.
Varane is at the perfect club
If Benitez, who will have the final word on whether or not Varane becomes a regular starter from the start of next season, agrees to promote the young central defender then it’s almost certain he will stay put.
Varane is at arguably the world’s biggest club, playing alongside some of the best players in the game, and has already won every major trophy up for grabs.
In 2012 he was part of Real Madrid’s La Liga-winning squad under Jose Mourinho, and two years later he would secure winners’ medals for the Copa del Rey, the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
Varane will recover from dip in form
But Varane, contrary to popular belief, is not the finished article just yet. Indeed, towards the back-end of last season he experienced a pretty significant dip in form and was culpable for a few soft goals Real Madrid conceded in key matches.
That Ancelotti selected Pepe, whose temperament has improved over the past year, for certain matches was no surprise given Varane’s unexpected loss of confidence.
But the old adage of class being permanent and form only being temporary is likely to ring true with Varane, a wonderful talent who is more than capable of holding down a regular spot in Real Madrid’s defence.
This news will come as a blow to both Manchester United and Chelsea - but, in their heart of hearts, the Premier League duo must have suspected Real Madrid were very unlikely to sell one of their most promising players.
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