Real Madrid were right to extend Raphael Varane's contract

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Raphael Varane's signature on a six-year contract at Real Madrid does much more than secure his immediate future.

The faith shown in him by Los Blancos allows the player to develop into the world class talent that everyone expects the young Frenchman to become.

After bursting onto the scene, heads were being scratched as to why Pepe continued to partner Sergio Ramos in the centre of Real's defence. Such was Varane's impact.

However, it's fair to conclude that whilst he hasn't exactly hit a brick wall, a succession of injuries has seen a certain nervousness peppering his general play. Therefore a spot out of the limelight is best for all concerned.

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Still just 21

It's easy to forget that he is still only 21 years of age and is very much learning his craft despite having played at senior level for close to four years if we include his time at Lens.

To put that into some sort of perspective, Barcelona's Carles Puyol didn't make his debut for the Catalans until after his own 21st birthday.

His confidence will return in due course and by putting pen to paper, there can be no doubt that Varane does represent the future of central defence for Los Blancos, which is a prospect that should excite the Santiago Bernabeu faithful.

At 6 foot 3 inches, his excellence in the air has never been in question. Who can forget this goal he scored at Camp Nou by way of example:

What marks Varane out from his contemporaries is the ease in which he has already settled into the Madrid way of playing.

All-round quality

Transitionally from back to front, there aren't too many defenders with the type of quality that Varane already possesses.

A high level of passing accuracy, which often dictates that a Real attack starts in his area of the pitch, merely adds to the allure of a player who is destined for the very top.

Unusually for a central defender, Varane has pace to burn and when added to the other facets of his skill set, it's fairly easy to understand why he was hot property on the transfer market before deciding to commit himself to Los Blancos.

Regular International

At international level too, Didier Deschamps has already looked to integrate Varane into the picture. Four starts and one sub appearance at the 2014 World Cup is a nod in Varane's direction to expect a permanent tenure over the coming months and years.

For now, Carlo Ancelotti will probably continue to ease Varane gently back into the Real starting XI, but if the back four continue to struggle as they have already in La Liga this season, expect to see a lot more of the youngster.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man.

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