Raphael Varane set to depart Manchester United after 3 years


Raphael Varane has confirmed that he will leave Manchester United at the end of the season upon the expiry of his contract, following three seasons at Old Trafford.

The Former France International made this known via his X (formerly known as Twitter) handle on Tuesday 14, May.

The 31-year-old centre-back made a big-money switch to Old Trafford in August 2021 after a medal-laden decade at Real Madrid and has scored two goals for United.

Raphael Varane lifting the Carabao Cup Trophy for Manchester United in 2023 at Wembley

Varane has made 93 appearances in his three seasons at United, and has seen his game time restricted by injuries.

“To you guys, supporters of Manchester United, it’s been an amazing few years to play for this special club and wear that shirt,” the former France international said on social media.

“The first time I went to Old Trafford as a Man United player was insane, the atmosphere was amazing.

“I fell in love with the club, with the fans. You have to play for Man United to understand what that represents. For my kids, it’s home here. It’s going to be a special place for me, for life.

“When the fans went to Wembley [last season], it’s something they will remember for life. To share that moment with them was absolutely amazing.

“Despite the fact we had a difficult season, I’m very positive for the future. The new owners are coming with a clear plan and a great strategy.

“I’ll see you at Old Trafford to say goodbye for the last game at home this season and it’s going to be very emotional day for me, for sure.”

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is hopeful the defender hasn’t played his final game for the club – but admits the player will be absent once again from the squad to face Newcastle on Wednesday.

Ten Hag said: “We’re planning for the last games, Not for tomorrow, but we hope for Sunday and then for the last game [against Manchester City in the FA Cup final].”

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