In a recent report by AS, there’s speculation that Raphael Varane, the Manchester United defender, is eyeing a return to Real Madrid during the upcoming January transfer window.
The French center-back is reportedly planning a move back to the Madrid club this winter.
Varane’s Performance in the Premier League This Season
Varane, 30, has faced challenges in establishing himself as a consistent performer at Old Trafford this season.
With only 14 appearances for the Red Devils, he has scored one goal across all competitions.
Despite the struggles, the France international deserves credit for his defensive contributions in the Premier League, averaging 0.6 tackles, 0.4 interceptions, and 3.9 clearances per game.
He has maintained a high pass accuracy of 90.9% in top-flight football, showcasing his reliability in ball distribution (stats via Whoscored).
His current contract with Manchester United extends until 2025, which could complicate Real Madrid’s attempts to secure a cost-effective deal in this winter transfer window.
Should Real Madrid Pursue Varane’s Return in January?
Varane is known for his robust defending, well-timed challenges, and ability to regain possession for his team.
His aerial dominance, willingness to clear the ball decisively, and proficiency in playing out from the back make him a valuable asset.
However, recent injury concerns and inconsistent high-level performances under Erik ten Hag at Manchester United might make Varane open to a return to Real Madrid.
Having previously excelled in La Liga, he could swiftly adapt to life at the Madrid club.
Real Madrid’s head coach, Carlo Ancelotti, should seriously consider bringing Varane back to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
His experience and skills could bolster the team’s chances of clinching the La Liga title and potentially competing for the UEFA Champions League trophy this season.
Although Varane, at 30, may not offer a long-term solution to Real Madrid’s defensive concerns, Ancelotti should prioritize securing a deal for him when the transfer window reopens at the beginning of next year.