Carlo Ancelotti has plenty to be getting on with in his second spell as Real Madrid manager – but the most pressing issue concerns the future of defender Raphael Varane.
Varane, 28, is out of contract next summer and looks set to leave the Bernabeu after failing to agree an extension to his current deal, raising questions over his Madrid future.
According to Spanish outlet AS, it is ‘impossible’ for Los Blancos to meet his demands for a new contract, which means he will either be sold this summer or be allowed leave on a free in 2022.
It is claimed Ancelotti’s first piece of business is to ‘solve’ the issue of Varane, who has ‘offers from Manchester United and PSG.’
If Varane cannot agree an extension, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side appear to be in pole position to secure the defender’s signature.
The Frenchman has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford and almost signed for United ahead of Madrid in 2011.
“We were close to an agreement with Manchester United. My mom speaks English and this facilitated the translation,” Varane told Telefoot in 2015.
Unfortunately for United, Varane moved to the Spanish capital instead, but the reappointment of Ancelotti could see him finally realise a move to Old Trafford.
“Since he left, I've improved,” Varane told L'Equipe in 2017 when asked about Ancelotti’s first spell in charge.
“"I could have perhaps played more under him if I could have shown him he could count on me in difficult times.
“There was less turnover and you really needed to bring the house down to have any chance of playing again. I wasn't able to do that.”
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