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Raphael Varane to leave Manchester United at end of season as Erik ten Hag plays down Bruno Fernandes exit talk

Raphael Varane arrived at Manchester United from Real Madrid in August 2021 and has scored two goals in 93 appearances for the club; Erik ten Hag is hopeful Frenchman hasn't played final game for club - but admits the player will be absent once again from the squad to face Newcastle

Raphael Varane will leave Manchester United when his contract expires in the summer
Image: Raphael Varane will leave Manchester United when his contract expires in the summer

Raphael Varane will leave Manchester United in the summer upon the expiry of his contract, following three seasons at Old Trafford.

The 31-year-old centre-back made a big-money switch to the Old Trafford outfit in 2021 after a medal-laden decade at Real Madrid.

Injuries have restricted Varane to 93 appearances in his three seasons at United, who the defender will be leaving upon the expiry of his contract this summer.

"To you guys, supporters of Manchester United, it's been an amazing few years to play for this special club and wear that shirt," the former France international said on social media.

"The first time I went to Old Trafford as a Man United player was insane, the atmosphere was amazing.

"I fell in love with the club, with the fans. You have to play for Man United to understand what that represents. For my kids, it's home here. It's going to be a special place for me, for life.

"When the fans went to Wembley [last season], it's something they will remember for life. To share that moment with them was absolutely amazing.

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"Despite the fact we had a difficult season, I'm very positive for the future. The new owners are coming with a clear plan and a great strategy.

"I'll see you at Old Trafford to say goodbye for the last game at home this season and it's going to be very emotional day for me, for sure."

Ten Hag: Fernandes still important to us

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United manager Erik ten Hag is hopeful the Frenchman hasn't played his final game for the club - but admits the player will be absent once again from the squad to face Newcastle on Wednesday.

Ten Hag said: "We're planning for the last games, Not for tomorrow, but we hope for Sunday and then for the last game [against Manchester City in the FA Cup final]."

Ten Hag has also confirmed that Lisandro Martinez is in contention for the visit of Eddie Howe's side while Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes will both be assessed.

There has been speculation on Fernandes' future amid reported interest from Bayern Munich, but Ten Hag says the Portuguese remains an integral part of his plans.

"It's the same question as last week so I answered," said the Dutchman when asked about Fernandes' future. "It's the same answer.

"It's clear [he's important], not just now but in all his years here. He's shown he's an important player and created the most chances across the Premier League and scored important goals. He's so important for us."

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