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Raphael Varane: France defender to remain with Real Madrid

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Raphael Varane made 45 appearances for Real Madrid last season

World Cup-winning centre-back Raphael Varane says he will remain with Real Madrid next season.

The Frenchman, 25, had been linked with a move to Manchester United in recent weeks as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to strengthen his defence.

Madrid finished third, 19 points behind La Liga title winners Barcelona, but Varane is “convinced” of a recovery.

“I want to remain in Madrid and I’m sure we’ll be strong next year,” Varane told Spanish newspaper Marca.