With Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas already winning a Grand Tour apiece this year, the Mitchelton-Scott rider is set to follow their lead in Spain.
Uncertainty is starting to overshadow Real Madrid. Varane, who has been involved in six defeats and one draw in the white shirt this season has pointed to a problem with formation.
Madrid has two fiestas, San Isidro and the Paloma. In the 1950s and 1960s there was another, the final of the Copa del Rey: always played here, and almost always with Athletic.