Raphaël Varane’s future at Manchester United has been a hot topic of late after he fell in the pecking order under Erik ten Hag.
Instead, he has only made appearances as a substitute for Erik ten Hag, with Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelöf, and Jonny Evans all seemingly ahead of the French centre-back, although the latter is currently injured.
This has created a whirlwind of speculation, with some reports claiming that Varane and Ten Hag are at odds, although the manager himself has denied this to the press.
Varane is said to be considering his future with a move away from Old Trafford in January possible, with United wanting around £20 million for the player – and Varane has previously explained that there are only two clubs that he would dream of leaving United for.
“I will finish my career either in Madrid, or in Manchester, or in Lens,” Varane told GQ Magazine in March. “I will not move to another club [other than those].
“But Madrid seems complicated to me. Players don’t usually go back there. The most likely outcome today is that I will finish [my career] in either Manchester or Lens.”
Varane has been subject to interest from Bayern Munich, who are said to be monitoring his current situation, but a sticking point is thought to be his £340,000-a-week wages, which is thought to be unaffordable for most clubs.
RC Lens manager Franck Haise, however, has declared that he would welcome Varane back to the Ligue 1 side “with open arms”. Varane started his career at the club before making a name for himself at Real Madrid.
“If Varane wants to return we will welcome him with open arms,” Haise told reporters. “However, with the contract, it’s another thing.
“I read that it would also be complicated for Bayern Munich to pay his salary and if it is for them… But maybe he wants to come back and I don’t know, who knows. However, it is not a current debate to be addressed now.”
Varane returning to Lens would be very much a dream come true fairytale ending to his career and may help the side qualify for Europe in the future. Lens currently sit sixth in the Ligue 1 table and will be pushing for higher spots.
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