Varane reveals the only two clubs he would leave Man Utd for as he thinks about retirement
Man Utd defender Raphael Varane insists there are now only two clubs he would leave Old Trafford for before he retires from playing football.
The former France international moved to the Red Devils in the summer of 2021 but his first season didn’t go to plan with Varane suffering from injuries and the side playing poorly.
But Man Utd have performed much better this season under Erik ten Hag and look good for a top four finish with the Red Devils currently third in the Premier League table.
Varane is only two appearances away from matching the amount of matches he played last season with Man Utd still competing in the FA Cup and Europa League as well as the Premier League.
And when asked by the French edition of GQ whether he could see himself retiring at Man Utd, Varane said it was “a serious option”.
Varane added: “I will finish my career either in Madrid, or in Manchester, or in Lens. I will not move to another club [other than those].
“But Madrid seems complicated to me. Players don’t usually go back there. The most likely outcome today is that I will finish [my club career] in either Manchester or Lens.”
On when he made decide to call it a day, Varane continued: “The closer your get to 30, the more you think about it.”
Varane announced his retirement from international football after the World Cup, in which France lost on penalties to Argentina in the final.
On the reasons behind his retirement, Varane said: “This season is going well because I had a full pre-season! When was the last time that happened for me?
“Recent seasons have always finished later and started earlier. We didn’t have time to work physically and when we weren’t playing we only had time for recovery.
“You can do this for a few seasons but after a while you either crash, or you are unrecognisable [from the player you were] for six months or a year in the field, or you get injured.
“That’s what happens to all great players and that’s what I want to avoid.”
Varnae added: “I am afraid that we are witnessing much shorter careers and that players will have to give up playing for the France team very early because physically and mentally what we are asking today is simply beyond our limits.”
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