Manchester United announce signing of Raphael Varane

A good weekend on the pitch for Manchester United got even better off it with the club also announcing the signing of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid.

The 28 year-old French international arrives from Real Madrid. He has signed a contract keeping him at the club until 2025.

Varane is one of the most polished central defenders in football. An elegant player, he will give United the sort of security Liverpool get from Virgil van Dijk.

Not only is Varane a great defender, but he is also a leader on the field. His addition to the squad will finally give Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer a solid looking starting back 4.

During his career he has won four Champions League, three Spanish La Liga titles, and one World Cup with France. In total he represented his country 79 times.

Varane's signing was confirmed on the club website ahead of the match with Leeds United. The player was then introduced to the crowd prior to the 5-1 win.

Bruno Fernandes was outstanding in the win. The Portuguese got his season off to a flying start with a hat-trick in the win.

What Squad Number Will Raphael Varane have at Manchester United?

Manchester United have given Varane the squad number 19. This is the same number Varane received when he arrived at Real Madrid from Lens in 2011.

In the popular Fantasy Premier League competition Varane has been given an initial valuation of £5.5 Million. This is the same valuation as new team-mates, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw, and Harry Maguire.

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