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Chelsea target Varane seeks Real discussion

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By Joe Haining

Friday 18 July 2014

French defender Raphaël Varane has demanded that talks be initiated with his club Real Madrid over a new contract, with Chelsea reported to be ready to make an offer, according to The Daily Mail.

Raphael Varane

The 21-year-old joined the Spanish giants in 2011 from RC Lens in his native France for a reported fee of around €10 million (£7.9 million) and his since established himself as one of the hottest properties in European football.

However, despite his burgeoning reputation, his salary at around £25,000 per week lags a long way behind his colleagues in the Real first team, with Cristiano Ronaldo, for example taking home around £250,000 each week, ten times as much as his young team mate.

Varane signed a six-year deal when he first arrived in Madrid, and as such still has three years left to run on his current contract. However, he has now requested that his agents meet with the club next week to discuss a pay rise to address the disparity with the rest of the first team squad.

Should the talks fail to satisfy Varane’s demands, it is thought that Chelsea are ready to step in with an offer, with Jose Mourinho, who was in charge of Real when Varane was signed, a keen admirer of the central defender’s abilities.

Varane’s stock rose considerably during the recent World Cup in Brazil, where he started four of France’s five matches and earned himself a nomination for Best Young Player, although the award ultimately went to his team mate Paul Pogba.

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