Varane joined RC Lens at the age of 11 and quickly began to display his talent very early on. After a couple of years, he was promoted to the club’s Under 19 team despite being only 17.
Having continued to impress, Varane being drafted into the first team seemed inevitable and surely enough, the young defender earned his debut in October 2010 following an injury to Alaeddine Yahia.
The centre back impressed throughout the campaign, making 24 appearances and although he was unable to prevent Lens from suffering relegation, a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid beckoned in 2011.
At just 18, Varane was never going to be immediately thrust into the regular centre back position at such a big club but he did do well whenever given an opportunity.
Teams he will face in the Euros
|28 caps, 2 goals (As of May 8, 2016)|
|Romania, Albania, and Switzerland|
|2015/16 club record||
33 matches, 0 goals
|Premier League experience||
Varane one of the best young defenders in the world
The second season at the Santiago Bernabeu was a breakthrough for Varane and he managed to prove the demanding Madrid faithful that he was worthy of a place in the starting lineup with a wonderful performance in the El Clasico against fierce rivals Barcelona.
During the same season, Varane further endeared himself to the fans by scoring at the Nou Camp in a fantastic 3-1 victory.
Over the next three seasons, the Frenchman has pretty much been regarded as the number one centre back alongside Sergio Ramos but a host of injury problems have not helped his progress.
Nonetheless, Varane is already one of the best defenders in the world at the age of just 23 and he will surely prove to be a huge asset both for Madrid and the French national team in the years to come.
Style of Play
Varane has very few weaknesses in his game
At 1.91m tall, Varane is a physical powerhouse and he rarely gets beaten in the air. He has often been compared to Real Madrid legend Fernando Hierro but unlike Hierro, the young Frenchman is also blisteringly quick.
As a result, many predict that if Varane continues developing – he could even surpass Hierro at the Santiago Bernabeu, which would not be too bad an achievement! Currently though, the Real Madrid man still has a long way to go and a good performance in the European Championship would be a great platform for him.
For all the abilities in his repertoire, Varane does have a propensity to be a bit rash in the tackle and commit a couple of errors. Nonetheless, the 23-year-old remains one of the players to watch out for and he remains on the path to superstardom.
Which Premier League club would he suit? Chelsea
Varane a perfect replacement for Terry at Chelsea?
Varane seems to be tailor made for the Premier League and therefore, would be a major asset for any team. That said; one side which could really do with a player of Varane’s talent at the back is giants Chelsea.
Admittedly, John Terry has decided to continue on at Stamford Bridge but the Chelsea legend is no longer the player he once was and looks set to be handed only a peripheral role next season. Filling Terry’s shoes at Chelsea is certainly a huge task but one Varane surely looks capable of.
Varane has everything in his locker to become successful in the fast paced game of English football and with experience; he can become the leader that Chelsea so desperately will need following the inevitable departure of Terry in a couple of years’ time.
Real Madrid – UEFA Champions League: 2013–14, UEFA Super Cup: 2014, FIFA Club World Cup: 2014, La Liga: 2011–12, Copa del Rey: 2013–14, Supercopa de España: 2012