The Manchester United star says the former Real Madrid defender has already established himself as a leader at Old Trafford.
Raphael Varane joined Manchester United on a £34 million deal from Real Madrid this summer. The World Cup winner is still adapting to his new club, but Bruno Fernandes says he has already displayed his unique qualities as a player.
The Portuguese midfielder toldUnited Review
"Of course, he’s a winner. Everyone knows that. He’s a nice guy and works really hard and is always pushing everyone to do better.
"I think he has a great mentality but, at the same time, we cannot forget the other players. Rapha has been brilliant, but Victor [Lindelof] has had an amazing, brilliant beginning to the season. Eric [Bailly] comes later because of the Olympic Games, but he’s a player we trust a lot. ‘H’ [Harry Maguire] we already know is doing really well.
"At the same time, we have Phil [Jones] coming back to start playing with the Under-23s – we are really happy to have him back after a long, long stop for him. It’s been difficult for him, being out of the team for a long time.
"Rapha is really important for us, and has been really important for us. But the main point is everyone being okay to do the best that they can. In football, we all have different qualities, and Rapha has different qualities to Victor, H, Eric and Phil, but they can all add different things.
"Still he’s a little bit shy in some ways, because it’s the beginning for him at United, but I think he’s a leader. I think he can help in that part of the game."
Varane was part of Real Madrid’s incredible run of domestic and European success in recent years. The Frenchman won four Champions League trophies and three La Liga titles at Real Madrid before deciding to continue his career in the Premier League.
The experienced center-back is set to feature in his second European match with Man United when the Red Devils face Villarreal on Wednesday.
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