Manchester United have announced the signing of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid and have paraded him at Old Trafford ahead of their Premier League start against Leeds United.
At his new club, the Frenchman will be known by the number 19.
Varane, who is 28 years old, has agreed to a deal that will last through the summer of 2025. He is one of the most decorated players in international football, having won 19 trophies in all, including four Champions League crowns, three La Liga wins, and, of course, the 2018 World Cup.
He's played 79 times for France, most recently at Euro 2020.
“Manchester United is one of the most iconic clubs in world football and the chance to come here and play in the Premier League is something I couldn’t turn down,” he said.
“There’s a lot more I want to achieve in my career and I know I’m joining a squad full of great players who will all have the same determination to win matches and trophies. Having spoken to the manager I can see how much progress has been made over the last few seasons and I now join a group ready to play at the highest level. I want to make an impact here and I’ll give everything to become part of the club’s illustrious history.”
Varane follows Sergio Ramos, who joined PSG this summer, as the second center-back to leave Real Madrid this summer. Madrid signed David Alaba on a free transfer from Bayern Munich, but it's unclear whether they'll go out and get another center-back or stick with Eder Militao as Alaba's partner to begin the season.