Raphael Varane unveiled at Old Trafford as £42m transfer is FINALLY completed ahead of Man Utd vs Leeds clash08/14/2021
MANCHESTER UNITED have finally completed their £42million move for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.
The Red Devils announced the arrival of the France international just moments ahead of their season opener against Leeds in front of a packed out Old Trafford.
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And the star was presented in front of his adoring new public seconds prior to kick-off at the Theatre of Dreams.
Varane said: “Manchester United is one of the most iconic clubs in world football and the chance to come here and play in the Premier League is something I couldn’t turn down.
“There is a lot more that I want to achieve in my career and I know I’m joining a squad full of great players who will all have the same determination to win matches and trophies.
“Having spoken to the manager I can see how much progress has been made over the last few seasons and I now join a group ready to play at the highest level.
“I want to make an impact here and I will give everything to become part of this club’s illustrious history.”
Man Utd agreed to sign the French centre-back, 28, last month in a deal worth an initial £34m – with a further £8m in potential add-ons.
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But with Varane enjoying a post-Euro 2020 break, he's only just passed his medical and put pen to paper on his contract.
Varane was spotted being driven into United's Aon Training Complex in the back of a black Mercedes on Tuesday afternoon.
The superstar defender was taken to Carrington to undergo his medical.
After successfully completing his medical checks, Varane has now signed a four-year contract – with the option for a further season – making the move official.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “I’m absolutely delighted that we have managed to secure one of the best defenders in the world over the last 10 years.
“Raphael is a proven winner who we have tracked over a long period of time and we know just how much of a dedicated professional he is.
“We have great depth of international defenders and he will add his immense skill set and leadership to that group.
“He is a unique defender with a rare combination of top-level attributes that I know will rub off on our younger players.
“He has won everything there is to win but I know that he is still determined to succeed, I can’t wait to welcome him into the squad.”
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