Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insists Raphael Varane is 'untransferable for the club' amid links with a move to Manchester United.
Manchester United were close to signing a young Varane from French side Lens in 2011, before Real Madrid eventually acquired the defender's services. The 27-year-old centre-back has since become a key part of the Madrid side and is a regular starter at the club.
"It's not just me [who wants to keep him]. He is part of this club, we were very lucky to be able to bring him to Madrid. He has a great career, he's achieved a lot since he's been here. Of course, he is untransferable for the club, for the coach that I am, for people in general," Zidane told reporters [via Goal] ahead of Madrid's LaLiga clash against Villareal.
"That's clear and unambiguous. Now we can't stop people from talking. They're not just talking about Varane, but about all the players, Real Madrid ones and others. But for Varane, my position is clear, and it's the same as the club's position," added the Los Blancos gaffer.
Although Varane has struggled in some games for Madrid recently, Zidane's words suggest the World Cup-winning French defender remains important to the club.