Young centre back Raphael Varane has told Spanish press that he is very happy to stay at Real Madrid, after signing a contract extension until 2020.
The Frenchman arrived at the Bernabeu at 2011 from Lens in his homeland, and has played 75 games for Los Blancos, scoring four goals.
Varane has also accrued 15 caps for the French under 21s, but has progressed to the senior squad now, having got 13 caps for Les Blues and was a first choice centre back for Didier Deschamps during the 2014 World Cup back in June.
The 21 year old said “I’m very happy to stay here. I always thought about staying at the club and this contract ensures that.
“I’ve learned a lot since I arrived when I was 18 and I want to keep doing so at this great club. I am more mature and I’ve learned a lot.”
The centre back is seen as having the potential to become one of the world’s best defenders, and the move to tie him to a new contract means that Madrid are keeping their best young talents, and Varane was delighted.
“This contract is the confidence the club has in me and I want to continue developing. It’s an honour to be here.”