Solskjaer explains why Manchester United signed Raphael Varane – Manchester Evening News

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is delighted with the signing of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid.

Varane has signed a four-year deal at United, with the option of an extra year, after a fee potentially rising to £43million was agreed with Real Madrid.

The deal was eventually announced ahead of the Leeds game but he was not eligible to play in the match.

Solskjaer said: “I’m absolutely delighted that we have managed to secure one of the best defenders in the world over the last 10 years. Raphaël is a proven winner who we have tracked over a long period of time and we know just how much of a dedicated professional he is.

“We have great depth of international defenders and he will add his immense skill set and leadership to that group. He is a unique defender with a rare combination of top-level attributes that I know will rub off on our younger players.

“He has won everything there is to win but I know that he is still determined to succeed, I can’t wait to welcome him into the squad.”

The 28-year-old has spent a successful decade in the Spanish capital, winning four Champions League trophies and three La Liga titles, but he was ready for a new challenge and opted for the move to United.

Varane was at Carrington on Wednesday to complete his medical and put pen to paper on his contract.

The France international is United’s third signing of the summer transfer window, following the free transfer arrival of Tom Heaton and the £72.9million deal for Jadon Sancho.

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