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Varane: Cristiano Ronaldo is shaping the history of football

Real Madrid have been planning for the future and have been tying many of their current squad members down to new contracts, with Raphael Varane the latest to put pen to paper.

He has extended his deal to 2022 and spoke to the media on Thursday, after the signing ceremony.

“I am very pleased and this is a very happy day,” he told those in attendance.

“My Real Madrid story is already very nice and now I want it to become fantastic.

“I want to enjoy this moment and continue wearing this shirt.

“I have learned a lot at this club.

“I consider myself a bit of a Real Madrid youth graduate because I arrived so young, but I also won’t forget my years at Lens, of which I am also proud.

“It would be magnificent [to retire at Real Madrid].

“I’ll be 29 at the end of this contract and I hope I can keep enjoying the honour that is wearing this shirt.”

One of the people who convinced Varane to make the move from France to the Spanish capital was current coach Zinedine Zidane , who the defender was also asked about.

“[Zidane] was important in convincing me to come here and now he helps me every day,” the 24-year-old said.

“I am grateful for his support and confidence.

“He advises me and he is a person who we respect a lot and who we listen to when he speaks.”

One other person who Varane respects a lot is Cristiano Ronaldo and the centre-back spoke of what it is like playing alongside the Portugal captain.

“When you like football even a little bit, you can only admire [Ronaldo] for what he has done and for what he keeps doing,” he said.

“The numbers speak for themselves.

“He is so good and fantastic that he is shaping the history of football and it is difficult to criticise him.

“I try to learn from the best.”

Earlier on Thursday, Varane was named in the latest France squad, for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

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