Raphael Varane assured of his Real Madrid future despite transfer rumours
Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane says he will remain at the club amid rumours linking him with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu.
Varane, 26, has developed into one of the best defenders in the world despite enduring a difficult season with Los Blancos.
"I'm going to stay here next year, I'm sure we're going to relive strong emotions. We have fought and we have tried hard, and we cannot blame anything in particular but it is true that we missed that spark in the difficult moments," the French international told Marca.
"In football you have cycles and last season I was not at my best level but we will see the best Varane again. We have to evolve and Zinedine Zidane is clear about it, we have to rebuild, we have to change things as in a change of cycle."
The centre-back was crucial to Madrid's third UEFA Champions League title in a row.