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Zidane sends Varane warning amid Man United transfer speculation

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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has made it clear that star defender Raphael Varane is not for sale, amid links with Manchester United.

Although M.E.N. Sport understands that the club are prioritising outgoings rather than new signings in January, a new centre-back could be on the agenda.

United initially decided against strengthening their back line in the summer due to spending heavily on Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka the year previous, but that soon changed following the opening day defeat to Crystal Palace and Alex Telles was brought in to reinforce the left-back position on deadline day.

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side continuing to struggle at the back for form and injuries, the January market could be used to recruit another centre-back with the likes of Dayot Upamecano and Niklas Sule being linked.


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Varane is also another name that has been heavily touted to move to Old Trafford over the years, but Zidane has labelled the Frenchman as ‘untransferable.’

“It’s not just me [who wants to keep him],” Zidane said ahead of Saturday’s match with Villarreal.

“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.”

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