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Official: Manchester United confirm Varane on long-term deal

Raphael Varane
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The Red Devils have officially confirmed Raphael Varane’s transfer is complete ahead of their first match of the Premier League season.

Raphael Varane has completed his move to Manchester United on a four-year contract until June 2025.

The World Cup winner joins United in a transfer deal reportedly worth €50 million (£42m) from Real Madrid. He arrived in England last week with his wife, Camille, and two young children.

After serving time in quarantine, Varane visited the club’s Carrington training base on Tuesday for a medical. The defender hoped to get a deal done quickly to start training on Wednesday. But a delay in sorting out some last details forced United to delay the transfer.

Just moments before Saturday’s Premier League against Leeds, however, the Red Devils got a deal over the line.

“Manchester United is one of the most iconic clubs in world football and the chance to come here and play in the Premier League is something I couldn’t turn down,” Varane told the club’s website.

“There is a lot more that I want to achieve in my career and I know I’m joining a squad full of great players who will all have the same determination to win matches and trophies. Having spoken to the manager, I can see how much progress has been made over the last few seasons, and I now join a group ready to play at the highest level.

“I want to make an impact here and I will give everything to become part of this club’s illustrious history.”

Due to his late registration, Varane isn’t part of United’s Premier League clash with Leeds at Old Trafford. The 28-year-old will hope to make his debut next Sunday away to Southampton.