Raphael Varane has said an emotional goodbye to his Real Madrid team-mates as he prepares to seal a £42million move to Manchester United.
Pictures and video released on the club’s Twitter account show Varane speaking to president Florentino Perez in the trophy room before heading out onto the training field.
After embracing manager Carlo Ancelotti and coaching staff, he addresses his colleagues to thank them for 10 ‘amazing’ years at the club.
He says: ‘The last 10 years have been amazing not only on an emotional level, a human level, but also a professional one.
‘I want to leave you all with the feeling that I’m leaving having given everything and having experienced unique moments.’
Raphael Varane speaks with Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti as he pays an emotional farewell to the club ahead of his £42million move to Manchester United
The French defender met with Real president Florentino Perez as he prepares to leave the club
An emotional Varane gave a good luck speech to the Real players before saying his farewells
Varane embraced his now former team-mates on the training ground ahead of his transfer
After wishing them well for the season ahead, Varane receives a warm round of applause from his fellow players before saying his goodbyes.
In an Instagram message, the French defender spoke of a ‘new chapter beginning’ as he draws a line under a trophy-laden decade at the Spanish club and heads to the Premier League.
Varane has still to complete a medical but this Instagram message and the farewells will be taken as confirmation that his move to Old Trafford is on the brink of completion.
Varane wrote: ‘These last few days have been charged with many emotions, feelings that I now want to share with all of you.
‘After 10 incredible and wonderful years at Real Madrid, a club that I will always carry in my heart, the day has come to say goodbye.
Manchester United are closing in on the £42million signing of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid with the French defender effectively confirming the move in an Instagram message
‘Since I arrived in 2011, together we have exceeded all expectations and achieved things that I could never have dreamed of.
‘I would like to thank all the coaches and all the people who work or have worked at the club for everything they have done for me.
‘Many thanks also to all the Madridistas who always gave me a lot of affection and with their great demand they pushed me to give my best and fight for every success.
‘I have had the honour of sharing a dressing room with the best players in the world. Countless victories that I will never forget, especially ‘La Décima’.
‘I realise that it has been a great privilege to have been able to experience such special moments.
Varane effectively confirmed his move on Instagram, posting an emotional farewell message
Writing in Spanish, Varane thanked Real Madrid for ’10 incredible and wonderful years’
‘Finally, I want to thank all Spaniards and especially to the city of Madrid, where my two children were born. This country will always be special to me.
‘It has been an incredible journey in every way. I leave with the feeling of having given everything and I will not change a single thing in this story of ours.
‘A new chapter begins…’
The World Cup winner has been a long-term transfer target for the Premier League giants and now they have all but got their man following discussions this summer.
The 28-year-old will join Jadon Sancho at Old Trafford after the England international made the £73m switch from Borussia Dortmund earlier this month.
Varane follows Jadon Sancho through the door at Old Trafford after his £73m summer switch
LaLiga title 2011-12, 2016-17, 2019-20
Copa del Rey 2013-14
Supercopa de Espana 2012, 2017, 2019-20
UEFA Champions League 2013-14, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18
UEFA Super Cup 2014, 2016, 2017
FIFA Club World Cup 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
World Cup 2018
Varane’s contract at Real was set to expire next summer, leaving Los Blancos to cash in on him now instead of losing him for nothing next year.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been looking for a centre back to line up alongside skipper Harry Maguire for some time.
Prior to the deal being completed, Solskjaer said: ‘I know Sir Alex (Ferguson) was very, very close to signing him, so this time around we’ve got him at the other end of his career.
‘He’s proved over his whole career what a good person he is first of all, professional and he’s won what there is to win.’
Sancho’s arrival and the signing of Varane is a sign of intent from United that they are ready to breach the gap between them and rivals Man City, who won the Premier League by 12 points last season.
United finished second in England’s top flight last term and also ended the campaign as Europa League runners-up to Villarreal – who defeated the Red Devils after a long-running penalty shootout in the Gdansk final.
Madrid have already seen Sergio Ramos exit for Paris Saint-Germain this summer and their clear out has continued with a man who has played for the club since 2011.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side are looking to recover funds amid the coronavirus pandemic as they aim to build towards a Kylian Mbappe bid next summer.
United boss Solskjaer has been looking for a centre back to line up alongside Harry Maguire