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Raphael Varane Considering Future at Real Madrid Despite Zinedine Zidane’s Return to Los Blancos


Raphael Varane, it seems, is considering heading for the exit door at Real Madrid in the summer, as the Galacticos brace for a turbulent period of transition in the months to come. 

Zinedine Zidane’s return to the managerial hotseat following the sacking of Santiago Solari restored some much-needed positivity after a difficult season, but the club remains in a state of self-inflicted crisis after crashing out of the Champions League against Ajax at the Bernabeu earlier this month. 

As a result, a number of players are expected to be on their way out, but few would have expected World Cup winner Raphael Varane to be among them. 

Reports in France, however, say that may just be the case, with L’Equipe citing a desire to ‘challenge himself’ as the reason behind some second thoughts over his future in Madrid 

It comes as a particular surprise given how close the 25-year-old reportedly is to his compatriot Zidane, but perhaps it is testament to just how unsettled he is that he could be seeking an exit despite Zizou’s renewed presence at Real

Assuming the rumblings are true, one club likely to be alerted is Manchester United, who are heavily rumoured to be looking for a quality addition to their defence in the summer.

They were linked with Varane as recently as last month, and should he become available, it would be difficult to see a better option on the market given how impressive he has been in recent seasons. 

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He has made 268 appearances for the La Liga side, and has four Champions League medals to his name, having featured in the famous three successive victories between 2016-18. 



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Marco Silva Reveals What He Told Everton Players to Inspire Second-Half Performance Against Chelsea


Everton manager Marco Silva has revealed he was pleased with his side’s second-half performance, after they beat Chelsea 2-0 on Sunday afternoon.

The Toffees secured the vital victory thanks to a brilliant performance in the final 45 minutes, winning thanks to goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson. It was their first home win since January, having failed to win their last three at Goodison Park.

Speaking after the game, Silva reflected on the game and his side’s first half performance. Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “The first half I didn’t like it at all, we were not there from the first minute. What we did in the second half was everything we planned during the week.”

Everton were on the back foot in the opening 45 minutes, with Chelsea having a burst of big chances to take the lead. However, Silva’s side came out for the second half revitalised, and produced a fantastic performance to secure all three points. 

He added: “I told our players at half-time that they have to do everything different and they did. They showed great attitude, character and personality second half, but we have to do it from the first minute.”

Despite the win Everton remain 11th in the Premier League, one point off tenth-place Leicester City. The Toffees will be eager to push for a higher finish come the end of the season, having been eighth at the end of January.

Silva further praised his players, when he said: “We weren’t without desire. They work really hard every day; I can’t say anything about their attitude. [We want] to be more mature to achieve everything we want, deserve and what our fans deserve also.”

One of Everton’s main weaknesses this season has been consistency, and the ability to string together a strong set of results. The Toffees have only pulled off one string of victories, when they won three consecutive games from September to October.

The Everton manager acknowledged the need for this, adding: “I don’t have doubts about what I’m doing. I’m the first one that wants more consistency.”

Everton are not in action until 30 March, when they face West Ham after the international break. The Toffees then return to Goodison Park on 7 April, as they host Arsenal.



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