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Varane set to succeed Ramos as Real Madrid captain




Varane set to succeed Ramos as Real Madrid captain
Rafael Varane

Real Madrid centerback Raphael Varane has been tipped to succeed Sergio Ramos as captain when he eventually leaves, but he insists he is not thinking about the future right now.

Raphael Varane ha however admitted he will lead Real Madrid in his own way should he one day succeed Sergio Ramos as captain.

The France international has formed a formidable understanding with Sergio Ramos in the heart of Real Madrid’s defence during his nine years at the Bernabeu.

He has been touted by many as the apparent heir to take on captaincy duties when Ramos, who will turn 35 later this season, eventually ends his romance with Los Blancos.

However, the World Cup-winning centre-back has said he is not thinking about what the future holds and admits Ramos remains an influential member of the Madrid squad.

“For the future, it’s difficult to plan,” Varane told beIN SPORTS. “Real Madrid is a very, very big club with great players. What is important is that everyone plays their part in the team. 

“When we won our titles, our Champions Leagues, it was as a team, with eleven leaders on the pitch each time. 

“Sergio is a legend in Madrid. The future for the moment I do not project about it, but for sure Ramos is a very important player for us.

“What is certain is that we are very complementary with Sergio Ramos, in our way of playing.

“We have qualities that complement each other perfectly. We have been playing together for several years, so we know each other very well. 

“In defense, it works in pairs and this understanding is very important. For the future, after the departure of Ramos, it is difficult to project yourself. 

“I am a leader in my own way. With my team-mates, I talk a lot before matches about tactics and positioning. We each have our own way.”

Without the suspended Ramos beside him last season, Varane made a couple of terrible errors in August’s 2-1 Champions League loss to Manchester City.

Varane was humble enough to take full blame for Madrid’s last-16 exit and is eager to quickly make amends when the new season begins next weekend.

“For sure, that will not remain a very good memory in my career. It was a difficult game for me, this elimination,” he said. “Immediately after the match I wanted to take responsibility. 

“I made some mistakes, it cost us the victory. You had to digest and watch what is happening ahead, and think about what is happening.

“At the high level, we don’t have time to think about it – we have to think about the next game. The days that followed were a bit difficult, I admit, but at the top level, you have to look ahead quickly.”

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