Raphael Varane posted a message on Instagram where he said that Real Madrid will always carry in his heart before his move to Manchester United.
Varane, who has spent 10 years with the Spanish capital, will join United after the Old Trafford club announced on Tuesday that they had agreed a deal with Madrid for the French international.
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“The last few days have been full of a lot of emotions and feelings that I would like to share with you now,” Varane wrote on Instagram. “In 10 incredible and wonderful years with Real Madrid, a club I will always carry in my heart, the day has come for me to leave.
“Since I arrived in 2011, we have exceeded all our expectations together and achieved things I would never have dreamed of. I wanted to thank all the coaches and everyone who works and has worked at the club for everything they did have done me.
“Thank you very much for all Madridistas as well as those who have always been so great with me and their great demands drove me to give my maximum and fight for every success.
“I had the honor of sharing a dressing room with the best players in the world. [There are] many victories I will never forget, especially ‘De Decima. ‘I’m aware of what a privilege it is to be able to live these special moments.
“Lastly, I want to thank the Spanish people and especially the city of Madrid, where my children were born. This country will always be special to me.
“It’s been an incredible journey in mind. I’m leaving with the feeling that I’ve given it my all and I would not change a thing in our story. A new chapter begins …”
Varane won the Champions League four times, LaLiga three times, the Supercopa Espana and the UEFA Super Cup three times each, the FIFA Club World Cup four times and a Copa del Rey – and he accompanied his posts with images of himself with various trophies while he at the club.
The 28-year-old also shared messages of happiness from former Madrid captain and center partner Sergio Ramos, as well as several others The whites players.
Ramos also left Madrid after 16 years at the club when he joined Paris Saint-Germain this summer on a free transfer.