|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 07 31 Retrieve
[Raphael Varane believes France team-mate Paul Pogba would be a fantastic addition if he joined Real Madrid during the transfer window] I think we have a team. Pogba is a good player, I know him very well. For any team he would be fantastic. I trust my team-mates. If new players come, we’ll see. I trust my team-mates
[Varane is retaining belief in Zinedine Zidane’s team] I understand that you always want to improve. We are working on that and I trust in our work. It is true that on an individual level we are making mistakes. They’re not tactical, they’re technical errors. This will be corrected. I think we’re going to improve little by little. We are focused on our work. I understand that there are many expectations. I also want to see Madrid win, we all want more, it’s good and normal. I remember that in 2017, when we won everything, we started the pre-season badly, with defeats. We all know that when the competition starts, Madrid is something else. This is not an excuse. We are focused on friendly matches. You have to be calm, this season didn’t start. When it starts, we’ll be ready
2019 09 09 Retrieve
[Raphael Varane says his France international team-mate Alphonse Areola has every chance of breaking into the first team at Real Madrid, after joining on loan from Paris Saint-Germain] We have been able to talk a little bit, of course. He is happy to come to Madrid. He will be very well received. Anything can happen in football, and we’ll see if he will be able to play regularly in Madrid. I know his qualities. He has cards to play and I hope for him that he is going to have a good season. He is ready for it. He has confidence in his ability, and we will help him settle in
[After last week’s 4-1 over Albania, Deschamps’ side face minnows Andorra on Tuesday in what will be France’s 100th game at the State de France] The stadium is very important for us. There have been some great matches here. It’s home. We are happy to have this stadium, you think of Euro 2016, and especially [the World Cup in] 1998. We feel the support from the crowd and we’re very happy to play here. We will have to be on our guard. We will have more of the ball, but we have to make good use of it. There are no easy matches at international level and we have an opponent who will not give up. We know what to expect and we must not fall into the trap of thinking it will be easy
2019 09 16 Retrieve
[Raphael Varane says the Real Madrid dressing room lost track of the transfer situation surrounding Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar during the off-season] Every day there seemed to be a new announcement - we ended up losing track of the situation. We didn’t talk about it constantly, we were simply focused on the beginning of our season.
[Neymar, though, is not available for the tie through suspension, while strike partner Kylian Mbappe also misses out through injury] Obviously they are two very talented players, but it’s still a really competitive team. It will take a great Real Madrid to beat Paris Saint-Germain. In terms of pressure, El Clasico is unique, but also a match against PSG is a stimulating and exciting clash
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
2019 10 09 Retrieve
[Rafael Varane said that he would always like to see Kylian Mbappe as his team-mate amid rumours that the French striker could move to Real Madrid] I always want Mbappe in my team. If he asks me one day, I will just say good things about Real Madrid
We are very competitive and there is always a desire to keep winning. Maybe mental fatigue can happen like what happened last year. Also, to play at Real Madrid there is always pressure to be hungry and play with the intention of winning
Conceding goals is not just the fault of the defender, it is something that depends on the whole team. In recent matches, it has been improved but it’s more than a problem of just relaxing, it’s a problem that tells us to maintain the level throughout the match
2019 10 13 Retrieve
[Raphael Varane refused to be drawn into the geopolitical controversy surrounding Turkey’s national team ahead of Monday’s Euro 2020 qualification showdown] It [the celebration controversy] is not something that concerns us. We, we have an extra motivation, which is due to the pitch and our bad performance at Konya. We want to make a great football match and give pleasure to the fans. And to qualify of course
2019 12 18 Retrieve
[Varane: You can’t defend ‘special’ Messi like a normal opponent] He is a special player and you can’t defend him like any other player. He has his characteristics and he demands great focus from you and you have to defend him together with your team-mates. It’s a collective effort […] we have to leave him as little space as possible
I don’t see much of a difference. They always have the same identity and playing style out on the pitch and the same philosophy, and the important players are the same. We know that it’s always difficult to play against them but at the same time we know what to expect
[Varane tipped both teams to deliver a spectacle befitting what he claimed was the highest-quality fixture in world football] I believe that in these kinds of games you always want to come into them with confidence. But it’s special, no doubt. When both teams take to the field they leave their doubts aside, it’s a battle. It doesn’t really matter how the last few games have been. When you step out onto the field, everything’s different
2020 01 02 Retrieve
[Raphael Varane has offered an insight into the pressure placed on the shoulders of Real Madrid players] It’s a different kind of pressure. Every day, there are numerous newspapers, television and radio programmes, etc. And what happens in Madrid often has repercussions all over the world. They’re global. The pressure inside the club is also huge. The fans are extremely demanding: winning is good, but it’s never enough, you always have to improve your play. A draw is catastrophic. It’s a level of standards greater than at any other club. We feel this and live with it. Not all footballers can live with this. I have seen players that can’t cope
[Varane went on to express his admiration towards Cristiano Ronaldo, describing his talent as extraordinary] On a human and footballing level I don’t even have words anymore. He accomplished something extraordinary: he made his incredible achievements seem banal. 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 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 02 02 Retrieve
[Varane reveals why Real Madrid players gave Ferland Mendy a brick for Christmas] We gave him that because in training, sometimes, he kicks his team-mates and is very hard. He knows it’s a joke. We know that he is very good defensively and the he has a tremendous physique and helps the team a lot. Marcelo know the quality he has too, which is very good. It’s great to have a squad with such great competition and quality
It is important to continue without losing, to picked up points, especially today in a derby. We are in a good moment and we want to continue like this. The dynamics of the squad are very good. Each player will give their maximum to the group, and that is our strength. We have to take advantage of the good moment, enjoy it, but also keep the cool heads that we always need
[Varane, however, would not be drawn into discussing the future of international team-mate Kylian Mbappe] We know the player he is. Kylian Mbappe is not in Madrid, so I am not going to talk about him much more. I have already talked about him and you know that I have a great affection for him
2020 03 09 Retrieve
[Real Madrid’s loss to Real Betis could cost them the La Liga title] We lacked a lot of intensity, especially in the first half. We didn’t play at the pace we wanted to and we let the opponents have the ball. We’re dropping important points, but we’re confident we can fight until the end. We’re trying very hard to get back to the top of the league and today was a drop in quality from everyone. We still have a lot of games left to play and we’re confident we’re going to get that intensity back
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