Football: Raphael Varane extends Real Madrid deal to 2022

Real Madrid's French defender Raphael Varane during a training session at the team's Valdebebas sports facilities in Madrid, Spain, on Sept 19, 2017. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Madrid (AFP) - Raphael Varane joined a host of his Real Madrid team-mates in recent weeks by signing a new five-year contract extension to 2022 on Wednesday.

"Real Madrid C. F. and Varane have agreed to extend the player's contract, which will see him remain at the club until June 30, 2022," the Spanish giants said in a statement.

Marcelo, Isco and Dani Carvajal have also extended their deals to 2022 over the past fortnight, whilst Karim Benzema signed on till 2021 as Real reward key members of the squad that became the first side to retain the Champions League trophy in June.

A new contract for coach Zinedine Zidane is also imminent with the Frenchman repeatedly stating his deal is "done", although no official announcement has yet been made.

Then in a previous role as a club adviser, Zidane played a key role in bringing Varane to Madrid as an 18-year-old back in 2011 from French side Lens.

The Frenchman has since blossomed into vital player for club and country making 196 appearances in total for Real.

Varane has won 13 trophies in his time at the Bernabeu, including three Champions League and two LaLiga titles.

This season, he has fully established himself as a first-team regular alongside club captain Sergio Ramos at the heart of the Real defence following the departure of veteran Portuguese international centre-back Pepe.

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