Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane says he is not focused on his future beyond the end of the season, despite speculation about a potential transfer away from the Bernabeu.
The France international will have one year remaining on his current deal in June and reports in the Spanish press have claimed that Chelsea are now leading Manchester United in the battle to secure the 28-year-old’s signature.
However, when asked if he had made a decision about leaving Real, Varane said his concentration remains fully on his performances this campaign:
“My future is clear: my focus is on the end of the season. We are in a very intense minute, we have to be focused on the games that lie ahead… It is normal that my focus is on the end of the season. The message to the fans is that I am 100 percent committed to the team. We have challenges that encourage us a lot. I am focused on giving everything on the field.”
Varane will face Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final tomorrow night, although his regular centre-back partner Sergio Ramos has been ruled out due to injury.
It is believed the Frenchman could cost as much as €70m (£61m), despite his contract situation, and we shall see if the Blues will stump up the cash. The club are actively looking for a new centre-back with Bayern Munich’s Niklas Sule also a name being considered.