Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has waxed lyrical about the prospect of Raphael Varane taking over defensive duties at Manchester United next season.
Manchester United and Real Madrid reached a definite agreement on Varane’s transfer fee on Tuesday as the 28-year-old prepares to move to Old Trafford on a long-term deal.
The Red Devils’ persistency paid off despite Los Merengues’ relentless efforts to tie the 2018 World Cup winner to a new deal.
Varane made it clear he wants to exit the Santiago Bernabeu earlier in the summer, rejecting several club’s attempts to extend his contract.
During an interview with United’s official website, Solskjaer lavished praise on ‘proven winner’ Varane, hailing the defender’s career achievements.
“Of course, I’m very happy that we’ve managed to get the deal with Real Madrid,” the Norwegian manager said.
The Frenchman first emerged as Manchester United’s objective a decade ago during Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign at Old Trafford.
Although the Red Devils missed out on Varane’s signature that time, they have honored the legendary manager’s wish ten years later.
“He’s a proven winner and a player we’ve followed for many, many years. I know Sir Alex [Ferguson] was very, very close to signing him and this time around we’ve got him at the other end of his career,” Solskjaer continued.
“He’s proved over his whole career what a good person he is, first of all. [He’s a] professional and he’s won all there is to win.”
During his trophy-laden ten-year stint in Madrid, Varane lifted four Champions League crowns en route to becoming one of the most-loved figures in the Spanish capital.
His formidable defensive partnership with another long-serving stalwart Sergio Ramos provided a backbone to Madrid’s vast continental success over the past ten years.
Varane is now expected to hand Manchester United’s hopes of dethroning Manchester City a decisive edge.
Harry Maguire can finally rely on a trustworthy defensive partner as the Red Devils pursue their first Premier League title since Sir Alex’s departure.