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Raphael Varane Insists Paul Pogba and Him Will 'Do All We Can to Win Trophies' at Manchester United

By Amreen
Varane is eager to link up with his France teammate
Varane is eager to link up with his France teammate / Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Raphael Varane has admitted he is "very happy" to link up with his France team-mate Paul Pogba at Manchester United and insisted he is "ready to work hard" to help his new side win silverware.

United paid £40million to sign Varane from Real Madrid earlier this month and the defender was unveiled at Old Trafford moments before the Red Devils thumped Leeds 5-1, with Pogba setting four goals in the game.

Varane and Pogba have been team-mates for France for a long time, and the center-back believes Pogba's energy makes his leadership and character so valuable in the dressing room.

“I think Paul is very positive and he has a very good energy; he motivates players in the dressing room and on the pitch with his energy," he told the club's official website. "We are different but we are very complementary, and it’s important in the team to have different types of leaders and characters."

Varane spent 10-trophy laden years with Madrid and hopes the two friends can target trophies together with United.

“I’m very happy. I’ve known him for a very long time, we started together with the French national team and he’s a great player. I think he’s ambitious and me too, so we are ready to work hard and to do all we can to win trophies," he added.

Varane was also asked which former United stars he looked up to earlier in his career, and said: “Of course, [Nemanja] Vidic and [Rio] Ferdinand were legends. I remember players like Cristiano [Ronaldo], [Ryan] Giggs and [David] Beckham also. They are legends and I’m very proud to be part of this family.”