Raphael Varane, Real Madrid Agree on New Contract Until 2022

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist ISeptember 27, 2017

MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 16 - Raphael Varane of Real Madrid in action during their Supercopa de Espana Final 2nd Leg match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on 16 August 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid have confirmed defender Raphael Varane has agreed a contract extension with Zinedine Zidane's side that will keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2022.

The France international moved to the Spanish capital in 2011 and is the latest player to commit his long-term future to Los Blancos.

Real Madrid have also confirmed new deals for IscoDani Carvajal and Karim Benzema in September, with all three players' contracts now due to expire in 2022.

Midfielder Marcos Llorente has also renewed until 2021, as the Spanish champions safeguard the futures of their key players.

Varane is an integral member of the Madrid defence and has become a regular alongside Sergio Ramos following the departure of Pepe last summer.

The France international missed a part of the early season through injury but has already made six appearances for Zidane's side in all competitions, per WhoScored.com.

Varane was also part of the Madrid side that beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the UEFA Champions League in midweek, and he played a key role.

The centre-back produced a key intervention to deny Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as shown by Marca:

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has also suggested that Varane could take over from Ramos as club captain in the future:

Still just 24, Varane is a quick, strong and tall defender with superb ability on the ball and now looks set to be a key figure in the heart of the Madrid defence for many years to come.

Madrid also deserve credit for ensuring their key players are all tied to the club on long-term contracts, which gives clarity and stability to both players and the club.