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Raphaël Varane ‘ready’ to accept manager’s offer to leave Manchester United



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Raphaël Varane is apparently ready to take up a public offer from Lens manager Franck Haise amid ‘frustrations’ with his place at Manchester United.

Raphaël Varane has dropped in the pecking order at Manchester United after good form from Jonny Evans and Harry Maguire has kept him out of Erik ten Hag‘s sides.

Despite performing well against Liverpool and Bayern Munich, Varane was unavailable for the 2-0 loss against West Ham due to illness, prompting more conversations about his unreliability to play, despite his clear abilities as a centre-back.

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Varane’s future has been up to a lot of speculation of late, with Lens manager Franck Haise saying they would “welcome him with open arms” if Varane were to choose to return to the club where he made his professional debut.

“If Varane wants to return, we will welcome him with open arms,” Haise told reporters last month. “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.”

And now, after these frustrations, French outlet L’Équipe reports that the player is open to leaving Old Trafford, with Lens being one of the destinations Varane is ready to depart for.

He has previously expressed that Lens are one of the only clubs he would leave the Premier League for, stating that United, Real Madrid, and Lens are the only clubs he wants to retire at.

“I will finish my career either in Madrid, or in Manchester, or in Lens,” Varane said back 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.”

His representatives have denied any potential deals with any clubs from Saudi Arabia.