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Real Madrid: Why Varane might be considering Bernabéu exit

Varane: Why might Real Madrid man be considering exit?

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L'Équipe says that Raphael Varane is thinking about leaving the LaLiga giants this summer after eight seasons in the Spanish capital.

Since the start of this season, Raphael Varane has been unhappy with Real Madrid over the club's failure to pay tribute to his role in France's World Cup win. This could be among the reasons why, according to the French newspaper l'Équipe, the 25-year-old is contemplating leaving after eight years at the Bernabéu.

Atlético Madrid trio Antoine Griezmann, Lucas Hernández and Thomas Lemar pose with a replica of the World Cup trophy.

Atlético, Barcelona paid tribute to World Cup winners - but not Madrid

In the wake of Les Bleus' triumphant campaign at Russia 2018, many of Varane's international team-mates saw their achievement commemorated by their clubs at the beginning of the season: for example, Atlético Madrid arranged for Antoine Griezmann, Lucas Hernández and Thomas Lemar to pose with a replica of the World Cup trophy at the Wanda Metropolitano, while Barcelona's Ousmane Dembélé and Samuel Umtiti were given the opportunity to parade their winners' medals at the Camp Nou. There was no such gesture for Varane from Madrid, though.

Ousmane Dembélé and Samuel Umtiti parade their World Cup winners' medals with Ivan Rakitic, who was a runner-up with Croatia, and Thomas Vermaelen, whose Belgium team finished third in Russia.

Madrid believed to have avoided gesture out of respect to Modric

That did not go down well at all with the central defender, who as of this summer will have more competition for his place with the 50-million-euro arrival of Éder Militao from FC Porto. However, it is thought that Los Blancos opted against organising a tribute to the player's World Cup win out of respect to midfielder Luka Modric, whose Croatia side were beaten by France in the final.