Raphael Varane signs five-year Real Madrid contract

France defender Raphael Varane has agreed a new five-year contract with Real Madrid.

The 24-year-old centre-back, who moved to the Bernabeu from Lens in 2011, has helped Real win La Liga once and the Champions League three times.

A statement published on Real’s official website said Varane’s new deal would run until the end of June 2022.

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Varane had been a summer transfer target for Manchester United, with Jose Mourinho keen to be reunited with a player alongside whom he worked for two seasons.

Mourinho instead bolstered his defensive ranks with the £31m acquisition of 23-year-old Swedish centre-back Victor Lindelof from Benfica.