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Raphaël Varane Biography »
Raphaël Varane (born 25 April 1993) is a French footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid in La Liga. He primarily plays as a central defender and a defensive midfielder often acting as a sweeper in the latter role. Varane is a France youth international having earned caps at under-18 and under-21 level. He previously played for French club Lens and, ahead of the 2010–11 season, began training with the senior team and appeared on the bench in several league matches. On 7 November 2010, Varane made his professional debut in a league match against Montpellier. Varane has been described by Lens youth coach Eric Assadourian as a "truly first class player" who is "comfortable on both the tactical and technical level".