Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has said that Raphael Varane is 'untransferable' and will not be leaving the club in the near future.
The 27-year-old has built up a reputation over the years as being a consistently strong performer, but he has suffered a slight dip in form from his typically his standards in more recent times. Nonetheless, the France international has continued to be a regular in the starting lineup for Real in 2020/21, and captained the side against Villarreal last time out in the absence of Sergio Ramos.
But with his contract due to expire in 2022, there have been suggestions the likes of Manchester United could make a move for him. It was also noted in October that the fact he would be entering into the final 18 months of his current deal when the January window opens would put the Red Devils in a strong position with regards to the negotiations.
But Zidane has now reaffirmed the club's stance on Varane, explaining that they have no intention of parting ways with one of the world's finest central defenders. He said, as quoted by the Sun: "It's not just me [that 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. 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."
It's hardly a surprise to see Zidane come out and publicly state Los Blancos' intentions to keep hold of Varane considering his obvious talent and the recent talk surrounding his future. But while any move away looks very unlikely at this sage, his current contract situation will only see the player attract more attention as time goes by.
Of course, there is also the possibility that Varane uses United's interest to force his current club into handing him new and improved terms.