Manchester United will not extend current Raphael Varane contract

United have opted not to trigger the automatic one year extension for the World Cup winner.
Varane is currently United’s highest earner.
Varane is currently United’s highest earner. / James Baylis - AMA/GettyImages

Manchester United have decided not to extend Raphael Varane’s current contract which runs out at the end of this season, according to Daily Mail.

Varane is currently United’s highest earner at £340,000 a week, after last season’s departures for Cristiano Ronaldo and David De Gea, who were the only two players earning higher than the centre-back.

United believe that coupled with FFP concerns and Varane’s injury record, an automatic extension for the next year would not be in the best interest of the club. The club are however interested in negotiating new terms but under reduced wages.

The World Cup winner is now free to discuss terms with other clubs in January, but United will be hopeful of keeping the veteran’s experience and talent behind this summer.

After the ACL injury to David Alaba, rumours circulated recent,y about Real Madrid possibly being interested in a return for Varane to the Bernabeu. Bayern have also being touted as his next possible club, whilst Saudi Arabian clubs were putting feelers out in the summer.

United have decided to extend the contract of Victor Lindelöf via the automatic extension. The Swede’s contract now runs out in 2025.