Manchester United defender Raphael is leaving Old Trafford Image via club

Defender Raphael is leaving Old Trafford. Image: Via Manchester United.

Adios Manchester United: Ace defender parts ways with club

One of the game’s all-time great defenders has announced his departure from Manchester United at the end of the current season.

Manchester United defender Raphael is leaving Old Trafford Image via club

Defender Raphael is leaving Old Trafford. Image: Via Manchester United.

Raphael Varane has confirmed he will leave Manchester United in the summer, upon the expiry of his contract, following three seasons at Old Trafford. 

RECAP: VARANE’S MANCHESTER UNITED CAREER

The much-decorated defender arrived at the club from Real Madrid in August 2021 and was memorably unveiled in front of our home fans at the Theatre of Dreams before the opening weekend win over Leeds United. 

Varane has brought a great deal of class and experience to the team throughout his 93 appearances so far. The Frenchman also helped to win our first major trophy in six years when lifting the 2023 Carabao Cup at Wembley Stadium. Newcastle United were shut out in a 2-0 triumph for Manchester United, with Raphael showing all of his experience alongside Lisandro Martinez.

The 31-year-old has scored twice for the Reds, his first goal coming in a home win over Brentford a couple of years ago. Varane’s second effort earned us three points from our 1-0 victory against Wolves at the opening of this current 2023/24 campaign.

However, it is unflappable work at the heart of the defence that Raphael is most recognised for, as he has shown his undoubted quality since joining the club.

To date, he has made 67 appearances for Manchester United in the Premier League, 58 as a starter.

The centre-back has been absent since the 4-3 defeat to Chelsea on 4 April, but he is currently working hard on his recovery from injury and hopes to be available again before the end of the campaign.

VARANE’S EMOTIONAL FAREWELL NOTE

Raphael Varane says Manchester United will always be a special place for him as he prepares to leave when his contract expires in the summer.

The Frenchman is due to say his farewells at Old Trafford on Wednesday, when Newcastle United provide the opposition in the Premier League, and admits it will be an emotional moment after three seasons with the club.

In a video posted on his Instagram and X accounts, Raphael also suggested he feels the future is bright for the Reds, despite a difficult campaign, and he will cherish his memories of proudly wearing the Manchester United badge.

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Man United centre-back Raphael Varane is out for weeks. Image: @UnitedStandMUFC/Twitter