Jose Mourinho Praises Raphael Varane as Most Successful Breakthrough Player
In a recent interview with Sky Italia, former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was posed with the question of who among his breakthrough players achieved the most.
While Mourinho had an array of options, including the likes of Arjen Robben, Fabio Carvalho, and John Obi Mikel, the Portuguese coach unequivocally hailed Raphael Varane as the standout performer.
Varane, who joined Mourinho’s Real Madrid from Lens as a teenager over a decade ago, has since amassed an impressive trophy collection, winning three Champions League titles and becoming a world champion with France.
Mourinho emphasized Varane’s remarkable achievements, highlighting his role as the captain for the French national team before his retirement.
Now in his thirties, Varane continues to be a seasoned presence at Manchester United.
However, recent shifts in the defensive strategy under manager Erik ten Hag have raised questions about Varane’s future at Old Trafford.
With competition from Victor Lindelof, Jonny Evans, and the in-form Harry Maguire, Varane is rumored to be attracting interest from Bayern Munich and various Saudi Arabian clubs.
Despite uncertainties about his future, the possibility of Varane returning to his former club Lens has been suggested.
Lens coach Franck Haise expressed a warm welcome for Varane, acknowledging the complexity of financial considerations.
While recognizing the potential challenges, Haise hinted at the prospect of Varane’s return, leaving the door open for a reunion with one of the most decorated defenders in modern football.
“If Varane wants to return, we will welcome him with open arms,” Haise stated, adding that contract negotiations and salary considerations could pose challenges but refraining from making it a current topic of discussion.