Varane hoping to make it at Real

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane is confident of securing first-team football and dismissed reports of a loan move away from the club.

Football News: Raphael Varane

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Varane, 19, was given a surprise start earlier this week in the Champions League opener against Manchester City. In order to facilitate the promotion, Sergio Ramos had to be relegated to the bench and reports after the game indicated that manager Jose Mourinho had made the move in order to appease the Frenchman. 

Earlier in the summer, the youngster had been linked with a loan move to another La Liga side but ultimately no such move transpired and he has had to fight it out with Ricardo Carvalho for a place in the starting XI. 

Speaking to Marca, he denied that he had expressed his unhappiness to the coach and stated: "I'm happy. If I don't play, I want to play, that's normal."

"I work hard every day. I don't plan on leaving. 

"I had an average pre-season and that's why I hadn't played until now, but I have Mourinho's backing."

Real had to twice come from behind in order to secure a win at the Santiago Bernabeu against the Premier League champions on Tuesday. Varane, who was happy with his performance, revealed that Mourinho had already promised him the opportunity prior to the game. The ex-Lens defender was also grateful for Pepe's support and tutelage during the match.  

"It was very important for me to play this game. Mourinho asked me if I was ready and I told him I was," he said.

"He told me that I had to give 100 per cent. I hoped for an important game and this was exactly that.

"It was tense, but you have to get used to that in football. I'm always ready to play.

"Pepe has talked to me a lot, he's been a leader for me and I'm grateful for that."



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