Raphael Varane claims that retiring from football at Manchester United is “a real option”
Raphael Varane, a former center back for France, recently conducted a lengthy interview with GQ France. After France’s defeat by Argentina in the 2022 World Cup final, the Manchester United defender unexpectedly announced that he was hanging up his international cleats.
The Lille-born Real Madrid player who won the Champions League four times with his team (in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018) joined Manchester United after a decade in Madrid, and he discussed the biggest difference between playing for Los Blancos and the Red Devils. It’s amazing how fiercely competitive England is. It’s difficult to say which game was the most challenging because we played the bottom-placed Premier League team (Southampton) and the fifth-placed LaLiga team (Real Betis) in the same week.
Varane believed that each victory for Real Madrid was considered to be routine business, while a defeat denoted a crisis. “In England, every victory is greatly celebrated because it requires so much effort. It’s a different kind of football, and it rekindled my enthusiasm and drive to triumph in every game. The former Lens youth product attributes his strong performance this season with a Manchester United team that is once again competitive to having had a full and injury-free preseason. Varane said it was “a serious option” when asked if he could see himself ending his career as a Red Devil.
The former France international also claims that despite his trophy-laden career, he would not play for a fourth team. “I’ll either end my career in Madrid, Manchester, or Lens. I will definitely not join another club. Madrid seems difficult to me; typically, this is not a club you can return to. Today, it’s most likely that I’ll end up in Manchester or Lens.