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Real Madrid make a fresh contract offer to key central defender

Real Madrid are trying hard to hold onto at least one of Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos, and have offered a contract extension to the former.

Real Madrid and Sergio Ramos remain deadlocked over the latter’s contract talks and as things stand, everything indicates that the Spaniard will be a free agent by the end of June. While the centre-back insisted on a two-year deal, Los Blancos remained hellbent on offering just a yearly extension for players over the age of 30.

In fact, Ramos is not the only defender who has been tipped to leave the club this summer as Raphael Varane finds himself in a similar situation too. The French defender’s contract at the Santiago Bernabeu expires in June 2022, but the Whites have now offered him an extension to his stay and are awaiting his response, Marca has claimed.

The details of Varane’s contract are still unknown, but there is likely to be an increase in his wages, which currently stand at 5.5 million euros per season. Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are both interested in signing him this summer and both the clubs will be ready to provide him with a significant rise to his existing payrate.

Varane is presently representing the French national side at the European Championship, which is why it is thought that his future will only be settled upon the completion of the competition. The 28-year-old has been at the Spanish capital for over a decade now and it is believed he wants to try a new challenge, although a stay is not ruled out as yet.

Neither Real Madrid, nor Varane are likely to go out of the way and push for a longer association, if one thinks from a logical standpoint. While Los Blancos are in need of funds to recover from the pandemic, Varane will have no shortage of offers if he decides to leave thanks to his age and reputation of being one of the best defenders.

Moreover, Los Blancos seem to have prioritized on an attacking rebuild now having made Kylian Mbappe’s signing a top priority. They snapped up on David Alaba as a free agent and already have two brilliant centre-backs in Eder Militao and Nacho Fernandez. One of Jesus Vallejo and Victor Chust will also be promoted to the first-team next season.

Carlo Ancelotti’s reappointment as the Real Madrid coach could be a decisive factor in Varane’s future. The Frenchman broke through as a standout player under the Italian manager during his first spell and Ancelotti’s faith in Varane could compel the player to realistically ponder over committing his future to the 13-time European champions.

Los Merengues although have not ruled out the possibility of signing a centre-back in the worst case scenario. They have not looked much farther than La Liga itself and have their eyes locked on Jules Kounde and Pau Torres, both of whom have been excellent at the back with Sevilla and Villarreal, respectively, and will play in the Euros too.