Rio Ferdinand has praised him, Jamie Carragher has praised him and Ian Wright has praised him. If the respective Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal legends could have their way, then they would sign Raphael Varane rightaway.
Mangala 31m & Luiz 50m...how much would Varane cost with these valuations at the moment ??! 60-70m??— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) August 12, 2014
If Liverpool are looking for a centre back my one for the Future is Varane from Real Madrid— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) July 8, 2014
Wright told BBC 5 Live recently: 'I'd go for Hummels, I'm dying for Varane, Real Madrid, that's the calibre of players I'm looking at'.
The youngster has been hailed by many of the well-known pundits and former footballers, and rightly so. The France international had a brilliant 2014 World Cup for his country, helping Les Bleus to the quarter-finals of the tournament in Brazil.
The 21-year-old centre-back was also nominated for the Best Young Player award, but came behind his compatriot and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and Netherlands international winger Memphis Depay.
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However, there is one problem with the Ferdinands, Wrights and Carraghers speaking of their respective clubs’ need to sign Varane. He plays for Real Madrid, the world’s biggest club.
If all these former footballers and pundits understand the value of Varane having after watching him play at the World Cup and in club football on weekends and in midweeks, then rest assured that people who work with him week in and week out at Madrid know it too.
Which is why Arsenal, United or Liverpool fans should not foster any hopes of their clubs making a move for Varane anytime soon.
Back in March of this year, Varane was described by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as ‘the best young central defender in the world’, and it is very unlikely that Madrid will let him leave (click here to read more).
True, since his move from Lens in the summer of 2011, the youngster has made fewer than 40 La Liga appearances for the 10-time European champions, but that has much to do with the fact that he struggled with injuries in 2013-14 and the form of the centre-back pairing of Pepe and Sergio Ramos.
This campaign coach Carlo Ancelotti is likely to involve Varane more in his starting line-ups (click here to read more), and given that Los Blancos do not exactly have a vast array of world-class central defenders, they are unlikely to sell him.
Of course, anything can happen during transfer windows, and it would not come as a massive surprise if Madrid do sell him leave later this month. After all, this is a club that let go of Jupp Heynckes just after he had won the Champions League in 1998 and did not retain the services of Vicente del Bosque after his La Liga triumph in 2003.
The chances of that happening with Varane this summer are very small. But if Madrid do sell him, then it will be their worst decision since 2003.
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