An in depth player profile on the 18-year-old wonderkid Raphael Varane and how well he’s getting on with life in Spain with Real Madrid.
Varane enjoying the new Spanish lifestyle with new club Real Madrid.
His name? Raphael Varane. A wiry, cool customer who joined Jose Mourinho’s men in the summer from Lens in Ligue 1 after an hugely impressive and solid season. Although Lens were relegated last term, Varane was the key man in the team’s few successes and this did not go unoticed as La Liga giants Real Madrid came knocking on the door.
And lets not forget – this kid has played on the international stage with France, too. With the under 18′s and under 21′s. Infact, there is talk of Raphael being picked for the Eur0 2012 French National Team to travel to Poland and Ukraine, let is if he keeps up his consistent performances on the pitch.
The centre-back has made three appearances for Madrid this current term, two in the league and one in the Champions League. Not bad for a player who is suppose to be listed as a ‘one for the future’ and considering he’s got players such as Sergio Ramos, Pepe and Raul Albiol competiting against him he’s done extremtly well to already have secured three caps for his new elite side.
A cluster of clubs were interested in the Frenchman in the summer, understandably. Manchester United, Chelsea and Bayern Munich were the bigger names involved and it looked asif, at one late stage, Varane would be heading to Old Trafford but Real Madrid sporting director Zinedine Zidane thought otherwise and a few of the scouts at Madrid had spotted him and decided to try and hijack the bid, it worked.
Showing off his ariel threat in a game against Spain for the under 21′s.
When asked about why he chose Real Madrid over the other elite clubs that were chasing him, a few days after he had put pen to paper at the Bernabau, Varane replied by saying this rather mature and respectable comment : “I have always wanted to play in Spain. I love the fans, cities, atmosphere and culture. I am very happy I have signed with Real Madrid and so are my family.” Wise words from such a young proffessional.
The 18-year-old much promised defender is now under the wings of the great Jose Mourinho and seems to be thriving under the former Chelsea and Inter Milan coach’s experience and vast knowledge of the game. Mourinho is very much a defence minded coach and he formed a very good defence at Chelsea which kept dozens of clean sheets throughout the seasons. Varane is sure to benefit from his new boss’ abilties and overall knowledge on the defensive department.
So why is Varane so good? What does he possess that makes him such a much hyped individual? Its quite simple, really. He’s strong in the air, quick on foot, scores a fair few goals for a player who plays in the heart of the backline (one goal in two apps for France under 18′s), has grace on the ball and is extremely confident at just 18 years of age. This was a big factor in Madrid’s decision to snap Raphael up – his sheer confidence to go into tackles and win headers all over the park.
Look out for him sometime. Remember the name – Raphael Varane.