Raphael Varane called Lopetegui to apologise after his Real Madrid dismissal

Real Madrid's Raphael Varane

Real Madrid's season has been pretty chaotic so far in 2018/19.

Los Blancos lost both Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer, with Julen Lopetegui arriving as the new boss under rather dubious circumstances.

Real announced Lopetegui's arrival while he was still in charge of Spain on the eve of the World Cup, leading to La Roja sacking him before the tournament.

The negativity from his international dismissal didn't appear to affect him in his early days at Real Madrid, with the club winning their first three La Liga games.

However, things quickly took a turn for the worst, with Real only winning one of their next seven games in the league.

A 3-0 loss to Sevilla, a 2-1 shock defeat at home to Levante and a 5-1 humbling away at bitter rivals Barcelona culminated in Lopetegui being given the boot in the final days of October.

The Madrid players showed their gratitude towards the coach in the days after and Marca are now reporting the heartfelt gesture from Raphael Varane.

Varane actually called Lopetegui to apologise for his below-par performances in the famous white shirt after his World Cup triumph with France.

He also admitted that a number of his mistakes likely influenced the club's decision to get rid of Lopetegui.

Varane vs Barcelona

It certainly says something about the character of Varane, as he was far from the only player guilty of errors that contributed to the manager's demise.

All of the club's top players have been far from their best in 2018/19, with Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale just some of the guilty ones.

New boss Santiago Solari appears to have slightly steadied the ship, but Real look unlikely to challenge for major honours.

The summer transfer window of 2019 looks likely to be pivotal, as they simply need a new superstar to try and fill the Ronaldo-shaped void in their team.

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