Manchester United defender Raphael Varane has spoken in support of France team-mate and PSG star Kylian Mbappe.
The 22-year-old is in the headlines at the moment for two main reasons. The first is that he has spoken publicly about his desire to leave the Parc des Princes during the summer.
But the forward has now claimed that he asked to move on in search of a new challenge. He wanted the French giants to receive a fee so that they could find a suitable replacement.
Instead, Mbappe looks set to leave for free when his contract expires on July 1. He is intent on following in Cristiano Ronaldo’s footsteps by becoming Real’s talisman.
Mbappe is also being talked about for his recent admission on the French national team. He told L’Equipe that he was considered the ‘problem’ for Les Blues’ premature exit at Euro 2020.
Mbappe missed the decisive penalty against Switzerland in the round of 16, although the side never looked at their best during the tournament.
When asked about Mbappe’s situation at a press conference, Varane said the France players were all ‘united’.
“We do not leave anyone aside, it is the commitment of the national team, our mentality and our philosophy. And that will not change,” he said (via Metro).
“I think that within the group everything that happened after the game against Switzerland is quite clear.
“We are all united, both when things are going well and when things are not going well.”
Varane was also quizzed about Mbappe’s next destination, although he was less open about this topic.
“It is [Mbappe] who decides,” he added. “He has the maturity to choose with his close circle. He has his head on his shoulders, he knows what he wants. It is not my role to advise him.”
Pundit urges Man Utd to move for Everton ace
talkSPORT pundit Tony Cascarino has told the Red Devils to look at signing Everton’s Abdoulaye Doucoure.
Fred has been a problem for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in central midfield over the past few years. He was shrugged off the ball in the build up to Everton’s goal on Saturday.
Reacting to the 1-1 draw, Cascarino said: “I can’t think of a better midfielder at the moment than Doucoure in the Premier League, the way he’s playing in this advanced role.
“He is playing brilliantly, he’s really playing well. Look at United’s midfield and you think, that’s what they’re screaming out for, a Doucoure type of midfielder.”
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher seemed to agree. He tweeted: “Abdoulaye Doucoure has been one of the standout players in the Premier League this season.”