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Raphael Varane will probably leave Man Utd – Andy Mitten

Raphael Varane will probably leave Manchester United when his contract expires at the end of June, according to The Athletic journalist Andy Mitten.

The Frenchman joined the Red Devils from Real Madrid in the summer of 2021 and he has since managed only 93 appearances amid regular injury concerns.

He is currently out of action with another setback, but manager Erik ten Hag has hinted that he could return before the FA Cup final against Manchester City this month.

Regardless of this, United appear to be preparing for his departure. His current £340,000-a-week contract expires on June 30 and the club have not triggered an extension clause.

The hierarchy are not interested in negotiating fresh terms either (as things stand). Mitten feels Varane, who is an ‘absolutely world-class’ player, could depart this summer.

He told The Athletic: “Varane will probably leave and I don’t think there’ll be many protests if he does.”

“An absolutely world-class player — mainly for Real Madrid, only occasionally for Manchester United, but he still leaves a hole.

“We are so far from the days of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand when Gerard Pique couldn’t get a look in.”

Where could Varane move after United exit?

Varane has been one of United’s best-performing centre-backs, but his unreliable fitness has been a concern. United are now prepared to part ways with him.

The World Cup winner has been linked with a possible return to Madrid in the past, but Los Blancos are not a club who look into re-signing their former players.

Meanwhile, it is unlikely that Varane will consider a move to Barcelona due to their fierce rivalry with Madrid. Atletico could also be ruled out for the same reason.

A switch to the Saudi Pro League could be a lucrative choice for Varane for a big payday. If he were to continue in Europe, he could consider a return to Lens where he started his career.

The 31-year-old has previously talked about retiring at the Ligue 1 outfit. Lens manager Franck Haise has also admitted that he would welcome Varane back with open arms.

However, a homecoming to Hauts-de-France will depend on him accepting an astronomical pay-cut. Angelo Fulgini is the highest earner at Lens at only £30,000 per week.

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