Raphael Varane is keen to let Cristiano Ronaldo be the centre of attention at Manchester United despite his summer move from Real Madrid leaving supporters feeling excited.
The France international wanted to find a new challenge in the summer following 10 seasons in La Liga, joining the Red Devils for an initial fee in the region of £34million.
Many supporters saw Varane, 28, as the last piece of their defensive puzzle. Varane wanted to be a part of the club’s starting line-up alongside Harry Maguire.
Varane, who made a debut against Wolves at August’s end, has discussed his personal goals and how he doesn’t want to be the center of attention.
He told Premier League productions when asked about his name in the media: “No, I don’t play football for this focus.”
Varane won three league titles and four Champions Leagues during his time in Spain, and also won the World Cup with France back in 2018.
He added: “I just want to help the team. I just want to do my best, I just want to improve and to be like who I am on the pitch. I want to do my best, that’s my objective and my mentality.”
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Having said of his central defensive partner: “Yeah I think he [Harry] is a great player.
“I think we have to work hard to feel comfortable on the pitch. Each defender in this team must feel connected on pitch. We will all be better as a unit.
“We have to move together, we have to be motivated together. We have to be moving with one another so that’s an important connection and we have to feel comfortable on the pitch.”
Solskjaer said after his debut: “This was ‘welcome to the Premier League’ – tempo, hustle bustle, tackle, have to defend counter attacks.
“Top, top performance. He’s good in the air, he’s so composed on the ball and he’s so experienced and nothing phases him.”
Adding: “He was good in the dressing room before the game, half-time and so I’m delighted with his performance. I thought he showed his class.”