Who did Rapha welcome to Carrington?

Wednesday 10 May 2023 11:04

Manchester United defender Raphael Varane was pleased to welcome a very special guest to Carrington earlier this week.

The Reds defender was photographed alongside former RC Lens boss Laszlo Boloni on Tuesday afternoon, with the 70-year-old popping in to pay a visit.

Although Rapha wasn't given his debut by the Romanian, Boloni - who is currently in charge at Metz - helped our no.19 during his first season in professional football.

Boloni, who won the European Cup with Steaua Bucharest as a player in 1986, has also managed the likes of Monaco, Panathinaikos and Sporting, where he introduced a certain Cristiano Ronaldo to the first team in 2002.

Rapha made 24 appearances for the Ligue Un outfit in 2010/11 and did enough to earn a move to Real Madrid the following summer.

Raphael Varane poses alongside former RC Lens boss Laszlo Boloni at Carrington.
Posting the above on Instagram yesterday, Varane wrote: ''Catching up with my coach from @rclens László Bölöni - first time we have seen each other in 12 years !!''

It is well documented that the Reds had previously tried to sign the World Cup winner back in 2011, with Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane winning the battle for his signature.

Having gone on to spend ten years with the Galacticos, United eventually got our man, signing Rapha in the summer of 2021.

The experienced centre-back has been integral to our hopes so far this season.

Despite currently being sidelined with a foot injury, there is hope Varane can return before our all-Manchester FA Cup final in June, with Ten Hag having provided an update last month.

The former Madrid man has made 30 appearances under Erik ten Hag and has developed a strong partnership with Lisandro Martinez at the heart of our defence.

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Rapha was the latest player to roll back the years and talk through some of his favourite shirts in the popular docuseries 'What I Wore', which we published in full yesterday.

Touching on a range of shirts, rom his early days in France to his World Cup winning performances back in 2018, the defender is joined by Andrew Mensah.

Scroll down to watch the episode in full with the United defender...
What I Wore: Raphael Varane Video

What I Wore: Raphael Varane

What I Wore | The great Raphael Varane revisits the standout kits from his legendary career so far...