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Man United confirm Raphael Varane will leave at the end of the season after three years on a free transfer – as former Real Madrid defender sends emotional message.


Raphael Varane will leave Manchester United at the end of the season.

The French centre-back, 31, will leave Old Trafford after three years on his contract.

Varane made 93 appearances for the club and won the Carabao Cup last season.

«It’s been an amazing few years for you Manchester United fans, playing for this special club and wearing this shirt,» he said in an emotional video message posted on Instagram.

“The first time I went to Old Trafford as a Man United player it was crazy. The atmosphere was amazing.

«I fell in love with the club, with the fans. You have to play for Man United to understand what it means.

Raphael Varane has confirmed he will leave Manchester United at the end of the season

He told fans that he had fallen in love with the club and had enjoyed an

He told fans that he had fallen in love with the club and had enjoyed an «amazing few years»

«For my children, this is home. It will be a special place for me, for the rest of my life.

“When the fans go to Wembley, it’s something they remember for the rest of their lives. To share that moment (last season) with them was absolutely amazing.

«Despite the fact that we had a difficult season, I am very positive about the future.

“The new owners come with a clear plan and a great strategy.

«We will see each other at Old Trafford to say goodbye in the last home game of the season and it will certainly be a very emotional day for me.»

When United signed Varane for £42 million in August 2021, there was a feeling that they had signed football royalty.

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In came the World Cup winner and four-time Champions League winner with 18 trophies from his time at Real Madrid.

Here came one of the leading centre-backs of his generation, potentially with the ability to transform the fortunes of the big old club.

He leaves without the top honors he came to hand down, but few United fans would fault his performances when he is fully fit.

In particular, fans will point to his partnership with Lisandro Martinez last season as the best central defense pairing the club has had in recent years.

More to follow.



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