Zidane refuses to flog Varane to Man Utd but appears to suggest he’ll offload Gareth Bale at the end of the season

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REAL MADRID coach Zinedine Zidane will not sell Raphael Varane to Manchester United but admitted Gareth Bale could leave.

French newspaper L’Equipe reported last month that World Cup winner Varane was looking to leave Madrid after eight seasons in the Spanish capital, in which he has won four Champions League crowns and two La Liga titles.

Varane reportedly wants out at the Bernabeu
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Speaking at a news conference ahead of Real‘s La Liga visit to Valencia on Wednesday, Zidane dismissed reports about Varane’s supposed departure.

The France World Cup winner said: “I cannot imagine a future without Varane and I don’t want to. He’s a young player, he has been here for eight years and he is doing very well.

“I’m not going to comment on what is being said outside. The important thing is what the player tells me and for now he’s at the best club in the world, he’s won a lot of things and I think he is in a good place.”

The future of Bale, the club’s record signing, is more uncertain as he was again subjected to boos from Real’s own supporters during Sunday’s 3-2 win over Huesca, in which he missed an opportunity to score from close range.

Zidane admitted the supporters were not helping the Welshman but he refused to clarify if Bale would remain at the club next season.

Bale remains an unpopular figure at Madrid despite his recent recall
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He added: “I don’t know how it affects him but booing a player is never good, they also booed me but you have to accept it and every player who is here has the character to deal with it.

“We’ll decide the future of Gareth and other players at the end of the season, we’ve got nine games left and then we’ll see. I can confirm that we will have to make changes next season but now is not the time to talk about it.”

Madrid are third in the La Liga standings with nine games left of the campaign, 12 points adrift of runaway leaders Barcelona. They are already out of the Champions League and Copa del Rey.

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