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Zinedine Zidane ends Man Utd’s transfer interest in Raphael Varane

Manchester United will not be signing Raphael Varane from Real Madrid any time soon.

Zinedine Zidane has insisted that neither he, or the club, have any interest in selling the France international as he enters his 10th season as a player at the Bernabeu.

The 27-year-old has proved to be the perfect partner for captain Sergio Ramos in the centre of defence during a period in which they have won three league titles and four Champions League titles.

United, who were said to be interested in the defender way back in 2011, had been linked again of late.

Zidane has now said: “He is part of this club, we were very lucky to be able to bring him to Madrid.

“He has a great career, he's achieved a lot since he's been here. Of course, he is non-transferable for the club, for the coach that I am, for people in general.

“That's clear and unambiguous. Now we can't stop people from talking. They're not just talking about Varane, but about all the players, Real Madrid ones and others.

“But for Varane, my position is clear, and it's the same as the club's position.”

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was forced to come out and support his defenders following their opening day defeat to Crystal Palace back in September.

He said: “Last season proved to us how we can defend at our best.

“Yes, last week was not fantastic. We conceded sloppy goals.

“But our defensive record last season showed with Eric [Bailly] and Harry [Maguire] how good a partnership they can be [we can do it]. We defended very well as a team.

“Eric [Bailly] is fit again which is a big bonus. I am looking forward to him developing. We have been waiting for him to be fit and to play more regularly.

“I am very confident in my players. We are working on getting better.”

United take on West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday as they aim to move up from 14th.

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