Raphael Varane has shared a heartfelt message to Real Madrid fans before his transfer to Manchester United.
After 10 years in Madrid, it was announced that the club had come to an agreement with United for a deal that could be worth up to £42 million.
𝗕𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗼𝗶𝗿, 𝗥𝗲𝗱𝘀 👋
We have agreed a deal in principle for the transfer of @RaphaelVarane to United! 🔴⚪️⚫️#MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 27, 2021
During his tenure with the Spanish giants, the French centre-back was a member of numerous great sides, winning four Champions Leagues and three Liga championships.
His club exploits have translated to the international stage, where he was a key component of the France defence that led the country to the 2018 World Cup.
On Instagram, Varane said: “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.
Varane has published his farewell message to Real Madrid fans 🤍 pic.twitter.com/BaPFAqQDdj
— Madrid Xtra. (@MadridXtra) July 30, 2021
“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.
“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.”
In recent years, he has been widely regarded as one of the best defenders in the world and United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees him as a vital addition to the squad to raise the team to the next level.
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