|Org||France National Team|
|Club as Player||Real Madrid|
2016 08 20 Retrieve
[Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane reveals that manager Zinedine Zidane was a factor behind his decision to stay at the club] Real Madrid is the best place for me to continue my career. It was a good decision to stay at Madrid. I believe in the club and I believe in the coach. I have spoken with him a lot and he has faith in me. Zidane’s presence is one of the reasons behind my decision to stay
2019 02 06 Retrieve
[Varane speaks out on France team-mate’s Real Madrid] I don’t want to talk about potential signings. I am focused on France. I have not talked to Kylian directly. We are focused on our preparation and on tomorrow’s game and upcoming ones, so I won’t talk about possible transfers.
Kylian is very important for France. We count on him very much. During a career there some steps we need to take growing up, that’s natural. Kylian keeps learning and going forward, which he does very quickly. It’s good that he is ambitious. He is self-confident, it’s good. He always wants more. Things come naturally in a career. From experience, I know that things progress season by season. It’s never easy but it’s good, and with France he is always growing in confidence.
2019 03 29 Retrieve
[Is Real Madrid’s silent leader Varane really ready to walk away?] I wasn’t really sure if it was him or not. I was really stressed out so I said to him: ‘Ok, but I’m a bit busy right now. Can you call me another time?’ And I put the phone down
[However, it’s a two-way street and Madrid aren’t impressed by Varane’s refusal to dismiss links to other clubs] I don’t feel like talking about my future. I try to transmit calmness and motivation to my team-mates. It would be against my nature if I shouted or banged the walls. Some make a lot of noise for no reason and don’t serve as an example [to others]. When I speak, they listen to me. I do this very well and this is something I learned from Zizou.
I was able to observe his way of going about things. He inspires deep respect in a dressing room like Real’s without needing to shout
2019 09 15 Retrieve
[Raphael Varane says Karim Benzema’s longevity at the top of his game for Real Madrid is exceptional] We [Varane and Benzema] have a good relationship. When I arrived in Madrid, there were two Frenchmen, him and Lassana Diarra.
We have known each other for eight years now. We’ve had great moments together. We talk a lot. We talk a lot about football, in good and bad times.
We have a very good relationship. He has more experience than me, so he can have a role of giving advice on how to approach things at the highest level and how to last that level because he’s been at Madrid a while and his longevity is exceptional
2020 01 03 Retrieve
[Varane recalls snapping at Ronaldo] ‘Varane, go into the middle,’ Ronaldo is said to have barked, to which Varane claims he replied: ‘I’m not Varane, I’m Rapha!’
[But the 26-year-old says he was not showing Ronaldo a lack of respect, rather showing a bit of character] It was not disrespectful. I am super nice, I am great, even in the dressing room. I am also quite shy. But when there are difficult times or when you have to show your character, you can count on me. The players who have known me for a while know this.
Of course, it’s not the aspect of my character that you see the most or that you see first. It was not a matter of respect or disrespect, it was just a matter of, ‘If I’m not seen, I’m not considered much’. After that it was more like: ‘Oh, I am also here, I also have a name.’ It was more like that.
[Any issues with Ronaldo start and end there, however, with Varane lavishing his former colleague with praise for his achievements] He’s great, great, on a human level - and on a footballing level, I don’t even have words anymore. He’s great, great, on a human level - and on a footballing level, I don’t even have words anymore. And to do that … there are no words to explain it, it’s huge, it’s extraordinary. He taught me a lot and also surprised me. How many times have I said to myself: ‘Wow, this is incredible
2020 01 16 Retrieve
[Varane reveals the secret to keeping Messi quiet] You can’t defend like you do with others and it takes teamwork. You can’t leave him room. Being a defender of Real Madrid means being able to make very few mistakes. We have 50 meters of field behind us.
[The France international recalls that the Madrid captain and Pepe were role models for him as a young player, while he also looked up to another club legends] I was inspired by players like Pepe or Sergio Ramos because they are defenders and by someone like Cristiano Ronaldo, who is an example for any footballer. Sergio Ramos has a winning mentality and has great experience. [Coach Zinedine Zidane] Is a great example for me due to his serenity, his always positive being. I’ve been here for eight years and every time it’s like starting from scratch. I want to give my best for this shirt.
2020 04 27 Retrieve
[Varane says player welfare must be considered after Euro 2020 rescheduled] We have to adapt. We already had busy schedules. I hope our leaders will make sure that it is doable and not impossible for the players. We are going to see when we can go back to work, back to training, and matches. We will take things as they come. It is difficult to plan ahead, we are seeing from day to day
It’s a pleasure, not a constraint [to be at home]. It’s different, but we adapt. I do physical work, a bit of strength training – I am stronger than ever! We are working especially on things we don’t have time to work on during the rest of the season – certain areas of the body, weak points. When things like this happen to us, we have to continue moving forward, not mope around