Raphael Varane, the World Cup champion for France, has decided to leave international football.
The 29-year-old played 93 times for his nation and was crucial to Les Bleus’ victory in Russia four years ago.
In contrast, Varane played a crucial role in the team that came dangerously close to retaining the trophy in Qatar in December but was unable to stop Argentina and Lionel Messi from securing a spectacular victory.
The exquisite center-half, who plays for Manchester United, announced his desire in a statement, cognizant of the necessity to safeguard a body that has recently suffered several injuries.
Deschamps will miss Varane, but France is fortunate to have a number of up-and-coming central defensive prospects. Varane’s international career has lasted a whole decade.
William Saliba of Arsenal is probably the front-runner to fill the vacuum created by Varane’s upcoming retirement, although Wesley Fofana of Chelsea and newcomer Benoit Badiashile will also be vying for the former Real Madrid star’s position.
Dayot Upamecano, a current member of Bayern Munich, and Ibrahima Konate, a member of Liverpool, both have senior international experience and will provide Deschamps more choices during the Euro 2024 qualification campaign.
Varane paid £34 million to move from Real to United 18 months ago, although he had a challenging first year at Old Trafford due to injuries and a new manager.
However, Varane has profited with the arrival of Erik ten Hag and has started to forge a fantastic alliance with Lisandro Martinez.
Varane played 80 minutes yesterday night as Manchester United comfortably defeated Nottingham Forest in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semifinal, winning 1-0 and sealing a 4-0 aggregate triumph.