Raphael Varane to Chelsea? All that we know

Raphael Varane approaches Mourinho

Its January and yet another season of crazy transfer rumors. Chelsea are a big club and Varane is a top talent, so its natural he is linked with the club time and again. Yet, the rumors of a possible transfer just refuse to die. This time around, the rumors stem from the lack of first team opportunities for the French international at Real madrid. The 21-year old has started just five matches in the La Liga this season.

The young center-back is being kept out by Carlo Ancelotti’s favoured partnership of Pepe and Sergio Ramos in the heart of the defence.

Multiple media sources in Spain have claimed that the former RC Lens man is hoping to secure a move to the Premier League in a push for regular game time. Real Madrid are reportedly open to offers in the region of £20m.

Jose Mourinho is the manager who gave Varane his first taste of top-level football when the young center-back seemingly displaced Pepe from the first-team at Read Madrid during Mourinho’s last season at the helm of Real Madrid.

Last year Mourinho at two different instances hailed him as the best young center-back in the world.

I think he is the best young central defender in the world. Already I think he’s the best.

-Jose Mourinho, source

Varan and Jose pre match

The respect is mutual as Varane has also acknowledged Mourinho’s influence on his career. He told FIFA.com,

He told me that I’d have my chance to play and that I was going to find out about myself and get to know myself better.

I’d never been under a lot of pressure before, either on the pitch or off it, and he said that I’d soon be given the opportunity to find out how I’d react to it. Mourinho kept his word. In the two years I played for him he always kept his word, and he also knew when to throw me in at the right time.

He also went to praise Mourinho’s winning mentality and how he could transmit it to the players. The defender continued,

I’m only young and haven’t had many coaches, which means it’s difficult for me to make comparisons, but I’d say it’s his personality and charisma, which were felt by the whole team.

He’s a winner, a competitor, and he transmits that to his players. Wherever he’s gone he’s always created combative teams with lots of character.

We think that Varane is the ideal successor to John Terry and with fellow French U-21 international Kurt Zouma already on the books, the pair can forge a world-class partnership at both club and international level. What do you think?