Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno has revealed that wantaway defender Raphael Varane will stay at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu beyond this season.
In his latest interview monitored by Goal, former Real Madrid player Butragueno said that Varane wants to stay at the club.
This is in contrast to recent reports which claim that the French defender is seeking for a new challenge amidst transfer reports linking with clubs like Italian champions Juventus and Premier League giants Manchester United.
Raphael Varane has spent the better part of the last decade at Real Madrid where he has developed to be one of the best defenders in world football.
Since joining Real Madrid from French club Lens in 2011, Varane has won two Spanish La Liga titles, four Champions League titles and one Spanish Copa Del Rey title.
He has made over 260 appearances for Real Madrid in eight years following his move from Lens.
Varane had a fantastic 2018 after playing a big part for the Real Madrid team that won a third successive Champions League title under the tutelage of French football legend Zinedine Zidane.
The 25-year-old was also part of the French team that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia via a 4-2 final win over fellow European Croatia.
EPL: The Real Reason Hakim Ziyech Joined Chelsea Revealed
New Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech has disclosed the reason behind his move to Stamford Bridge.
Moroccan international Hakim Ziyech has been confirmed as a Chelsea player though he won’t join his new teammates until this summer.
He has already penned a five-year deal with the Blues until the summer of 2025.
Earlier this month, Ajax Amsterdam announced that they have reached an agreement with Premier League giants Chelsea for the transfer of their player Hakim Ziyech and that the player will team up with the Blues at the end of the season.
The Dutch champions will receive £38m for the transfer of the attacker who can play in a lot of positions.
Hakim Ziyech can play as a striker, as a second striker, as a left winger, as a right winger and as the player behind the lone striker.
In his first interview with Chelsea, Hakim Ziyech revealed the reason behind his transfer to the club.
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According to him, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was a big reason for the transfer.
Ziyech also said that the move had been alive during the January transfer window but the parties involved decided to wait till the summer.
He has been a major player for Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam for the better part of the last three years.
Hakim Ziyech played a big role for Ajax Amsterdam as they won two trophies at the end of the last campaign.
Ziyech and Ajax beat rivals PSV Eindhoven to the Dutch league title and also played a big role in the Dutch Cup which his team won by beating Willem II 4-0 in the final of the competition.
His biggest influence was evident for everyone to see in the Champions League as he helped Ajax Amsterdam reach the semifinals of the competition.
Ajax were the surprise team of the competition last season.
Top Three Clubs To Sign Matic When He Leaves Manchester United Nemanja Matic
Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic is attracting interest mainly from the Italian Serie A as his football career in the Premier League gradually comes to an end.
Serbian international Matic has played for two clubs in the Premier League namely Manchester United and Chelsea. He signed for Manchester United from the Blues three years ago.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho was responsible for bringing Matic from Chelsea to Manchester United in a £40m deal.
Nemanja Matic signed a three-year deal until the summer of 2020 upon signing for Manchester United and was a regular under Jose Mourinho before the Portuguese manager was sacked by the Red Devils in December 2018.
His position in the Manchester United has been less certain with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the Red Devils manager and that informed his desire to leave the club in January but that was no longer possible especially with the injuries to several midfielders at the club.
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The injuries to the likes of Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba meant that the Serbian midfielder had to see out the remainder of his contract at Old Trafford until this summer despite the interest from the likes of Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid etc.
Matic has made 22 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions this season including the last three games.
Calcio Mercato revealed that Manchester United won’t offer him a new contract and several clubs are on his trail. Here are the top three favourites to sign him this summer:
The Italian champions are one of the clubs keen to sign the Serbian international but the Old Lady will wait till the summer before deciding on their plans for the player.
2. Inter Milan
The Nerazzuri were interested in him before they opted for Christian Eriksen whom they signed from Tottenham Hotspur in January.
3. AC Milan
The salary package for Nemanja Matic could scupper a possible move to AC Milan. He earns €10m annually at Manchester United.
EPL: Arteta Sends Transfer Message To Lethal Aubameyang
EPL:Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has sent a firm transfer message to star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as doubts over his long-term future at Arsenal continues.
Mikel Arteta has been very impressive since becoming the new Arsenal manager as evident in the narrow win over Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday evening.
After the game, Mikel Arteta spoke extensively above his skipper as he said that the club would do everything within its power to tie him down to a new contract thereby ending the transfer speculation over his future at the club.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will have one year left on his Arsenal deal by this summer and senior Gunners officials might have no choice than to sell him if he doesn’t pen a new deal or risk losing him for free next summer when his contract will expire.
The Gabonese international has spent a little over two years at Arsenal since his then club-record transfer from Borussia Dortmund in the top flight of German football.
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Arsenal paid £57m to sign him from the German Bundesliga.
He has been the leading goalscorer at Arsenal since then despite playing on the wings.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang received praise and adulation from his manager Mikel Arteta after he scored twice to lead the Gunners to a slim 3-2 win over Everton at home during the just concluded weekend.
The Gabonese international star has now taken his league tally to 17 goals to make him the joint topscorer in the division alongside Jamie Vardy who plays his club football for Leicester City.
He has 19 goals in all competitions for Arsenal this season, which is nine more than the next player, Gabriel Martinelli.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the topscorer in the Premier League last season alongside the Liverpool duo of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
The Three African players all scored 22 league goals last season.
EPL: Liverpool To Complete Jadon Sancho’s Transfer Ahead Of Man Utd On One Condition
Reigning European champions Liverpool have been tipped to sign highly rated Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho ahead of arch-rivals Manchester United on one condition.
Liverpool and Manchester United are the top two clubs in success terms in English football and they enjoy a rivalry that has lasted for several decades.
During the latest episode of The Agenda, journalist Caoimhe O’Neill tipped Liverpool to beat their rivals to the signing of Jadon Sancho this summer before adding that it would only be possible on one condition.
According to her, Liverpool will have to sell one of their front three to accommodate the arrival of England international Jadon Sancho.
Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino are members of the famed Liverpool front trio and they have all been instrumental to their successes in the last eight months.
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Liverpool have won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup titles within that time and the three front players were instrumental to those achievements.
The signing of a quality player like Jadon Sancho is tempting especially with age on his side. The 19-year-old has been in devastating form for his German team in the last two years.
He has 16 goals and 18 assists in 31 games in all competitions. His attacking stats can’t be matched by any of the Liverpool front three but their synergy can’t be overemphasized and that has been key to the aforementioned Liverpool achievements.
Manchester United wanted to sign Jadon Sancho last summer but Borussia Dortmund were keen on keeping him for this season. The teenage attacker could leave this summer and a transfer fee of £100m plus would be required to secure his signing.
Apart from Liverpool and Manchester United, Chelsea are also in the running to sign him as they try to sign a replacement for Real Madrid signing Eden Hazard.
EPL: When Anthony Martial Will Leave Man United Revealed
Inter Milan have turned their attention to Old Trafford in their attempt to replace star forward Lautaro Martinez when he leaves the club this summer.
Argentine international Lautaro Martinez is likely to leave Inter Milan this summer as he has a release clause in his contract with the Italian Serie A outfit.
Lautaro Martinez has a release clause of €110m in his Inter Milan contract. Premier League champions Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid are all willing to pay the transfer fee for him.
He has scored 16 goals in 30 games in all competitions this season for the Nerazzurri.
According to Forza Italian Football, Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte wants Manchester United attacker Anthony Martial to replace Lautaro Martinez at the San Siro ahead of next season.
Ex-Chelsea boss Conte has made the Premier League the place to poach talents for his team.
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Inter Milan have signed a lot of players from the Premier League since Conte became their manager last summer.
The Nerazzurri signed Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United at the start of the season.
Alexis Sanchez signed for Inter Milan on loan until this summer, while the Lukaku transfer was a permanent one.
Conte and Inter Milan were back in the Premier League for players last month after the signings of Christian Eriksen and Ashley Young.
England international Ashley Young signed for Inter Milan permanently in a €1.5m deal, while Danish international Christian Eriksen joined the club in a €20m deal.
Victor Moses also signed for Inter Milan on loan till this summer when he could be signed from parent club Chelsea permanently. He had to cut short his loan spell at Turkish giants Fenerbahce to sign for the Nerazzuri.
Apart from Anthony Martial, Arsenal attacker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has also been touted as an option to replace Lautaro Martinez.
EPL: Man United Advised On The Players To Sign This Summer
Manchester United have been told the players to sign when the transfer window reopens in the next few months.
The Red Devils are still at the rebuilding stage under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the former club striker attempts to return the Old Trafford outfit to the top of both English football and European football.
Solskjaer knows what’s required to succeed at the top of both European football and English football having been part of the team that won an unprecedented treble in 1999. As a matter of fact, Solskjaer scored the winning goal as a substitute during the 2-1 win over German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich to seal the treble.
Manchester United beat Bayern Munich to win the Champions League title and complete the treble.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was able to bring in two players in the January transfer window with the help of club bosses and ex-Manchester United player Robbie Savage is certain that the Norwegian tactician needs to sign three more players to make his team complete enough for a title challenge ahead of next season.
Manchester United and Solskjaer signed Bruno Fernandes from Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon and he has started well at Old Trafford with one goal and two assists in three games in the league.
The Red Devils also signed Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo on loan until this summer. He made his home debut during the 3-0 win over Watford on Sunday.
According to Robbie Savage, these signings are not enough and that the club still needs around three quality players.
He told Manchester United to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund in addition to the duo of Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish and Napoli centre back Kalidou Koulibaly.
For now, the target for Manchester United is to finish the current league season in the top four.
What Jack Grealish Said About Joining Man United This Summer
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has refused to ramp up the hopes of the Manchester United fans as regards a possible move to the club later this year.
The English midfielder has addressed the transfer rumours of a possible transfer to Old Trafford.
Jack Grealish was asked about Manchester United in an interview with Express & Star and the 24-year-old was delighted with being touted as a possible player for the Red Devils.
According to him, he’s flattered by the Manchester United transfer links before adding that his immediate focus is to produce the best results for Aston Villa.
Jack Grealish and Aston Villa are in the thick of things as far as the Premier League relegation battle is concerned though they won’t be in league action this weekend due to Carabao Cup commitments.
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Aston Villa will face back-to-back champions Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.
Manchester City have won the last two editions of the competition but they have a mammoth Champions League clash with Real Madrid before they face Aston Villa.
Real Madrid will host Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie later this week before the return leg in England next month.
Grealish and Aston Villa are yet to win a trophy for the better part of the last 24 years dating back to their FA Cup win in 1996.
For the league, Aston Villa were still able to maintain their place just above the relegation zone despite the defeat suffered at the hands of Southampton during the just concluded weekend.
Shane Long and Stuart Armstrong scored at the start of the game and at the end of the game respectively to give Southampton a 2-0 win at home to Aston Villa who stay one point above the relegation zone after the latest set of league matches.
EPL: Arsene Wenger Gives Verdict On Arsenal’s Chances Of Finishing In Top Four
Legendary Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given his verdict on the top four credentials of Arsenal ahead of the final third of this current Premier League campaign.
Wenger talked about his former club while he was on BeIN Sports earlier this weekend.
The Frenchman is presently a director with world’s football governing body, FIFA in addition to his job as a pundit on the aforementioned media outlet.
Wenger was the Gunners boss for over two decades before he exited the role in 2018 and was subsequently replaced by Unai Emery who didn’t last long in the job.
Unai Emery barely made it past the halfway stage of his second season at the club.
On Arsenal and the hopes of a top-four finish at the end of the season, Wenger said that the Gunners still have a good chance of finishing in the top four places.
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Arsene Wenger also said that the gap between the top teams and the bottom teams has narrowed.
According to him, the top teams have dropped from their usual standards, while the bottom teams have improved.
At the start of the weekend, Arsenal were seven points adrift of Chelsea in fourth spot which will be enough for Champions League qualification next season.
Chelsea have since moved ten points ahead of the Gunners after they saw off Tottenham Hotspur in their London Derby clash on Saturday afternoon.
The Blues beat Spurs 2-1 to move four points clear of their opponents and ten points ahead of Arsenal who can get that deficit back to seven points with a win over Everton on Sunday evening.
Arsenal have a very good home record against the Toffees dating back to 1996. Everton are also in the running for a Champions League spot at the end of the season with 11 league games left to play after this weekend’s set of games.