Man Utd drop major hint over future transfer activity during Raphael Varane announcement

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Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid in a deal worth £41million, with the defender being presented in front of the Old Trafford faithful before the Premier League clash against Leeds on Saturday.

United finally unveiled Varane on Saturday as he took to the Old Trafford pitch.

Dressed in a suit, the Frenchman presented his new United shirt with the number 19 on the back.

The defender didn’t originally want that number, however, as the Manchester Evening News claims he wanted the number four.

However, Phil Jones currently holds that number, and reportedly refused to give it up for his new team-mate.

United are said to be eager to offload Jones, who doesn’t seem to have much of a future at Old Trafford.

The centre-back signed a new contract in 2019 to keep him at the club until 2023, with an option for another year.

He hasn’t made a Premier League appearance since January 2020, when he made his only league start of the season.

But regardless of his inactivity, Jones seems eager to stay put and fight for his place.

The defender was tipped to leave the club, though it now appears that United won’t try to get rid.

United refusing to take Jones’ number four shirt away from him indicates he’ll stay put at the club.

Jones has been dealing with a long-term injury, and hasn’t played in the last 18 months.

And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently confirmed he was impressed with the Englishman’s attitude while away in Scotland for a training camp.

He said: “I’m impressed by his resilience in training, we have to manage the workload early on.

“I’ve been part of that myself after being out for the best part of a year and a little bit more than that. He’s been so determined and worked so hard.

“Now is not the time to rush things, now is the time to really do the last bit perfectly. As I said, Reserve games, Under-23s, maybe behind closed doors.

“He’s already had in-house games against the 23s so it’s looking good.”

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