Manchester United veteran set to leave after completion of current season

Raphael Varane came to the decision of leaving the club as a free agent and would be giving his all for the team if he is able to play in the remaining matches of the season.

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Raphael Varane said on Tuesday that he will be leaving Manchester United at the end of the current campaign when his contract ends after three years at Old Trafford. The former France defender, 31, joined the club from Real Madrid in 2021 at an initial sum of approximately £34 million ($43 million) and has appeared in 93 appearances, scoring twice. 

He was part of the side that won the 2023 League Cup, the club's first silverware in six years. Varane, whose United journey has been hampered by injury, has not appeared since a 4-3 loss to Chelsea on April 4, but expects to return before the conclusion of the season.

Varane said while speaking in a video that was posted on all of the club’s social media handles that, "To you guys, supporters of Manchester United it's been an amazing few years to play for this special club and wear that shirt. The first time I went to Old Trafford as a Man United player was insane, the atmosphere was amazing. I fell in love with the club, with the fans. You have to play for Man United to understand what that represents."

The France International added, "Despite the fact we had a difficult season, I'm very positive for the future. The new owners (United co-owner Jim Ratcliffe) are coming with a clear plan and a great strategy."

How did the club react to the departure news of Raphael Varane?

The club spokesperson also announced Raphael Varane’s departure on social media in a statement. The statement read, “It is unflappable work at the heart of the defence that Rapha is most recognised for, as he has shown his undoubted quality since joining the club."

United have had a horrible season, finishing eighth in the Premier League after 14 defeats, and they are unlikely to make the cut for Europe. Erik ten Hag's side has two league games remaining, versus Newcastle and Brighton, prior to facing Manchester City for the FA Cup final on May 25.

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