Raphael Varane 'flattered' by Real Madrid faith

Varane 'flattered' by Madrid faith
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Real Madrid's Raphael Varane says that he is 'flattered' that he has been trusted to immediately step back into the first XI after returning from a long-term injury.

Raphael Varane has revealed that he is 'flattered' that he has been trusted to step back into the Real Madrid starting lineup following a long period on the sidelines.

The 20-year-old, who is regarded as one of the best young defenders in world football, missed the end of last season following knee surgery.

However, he has recently returned to first-team training for the Spanish outfit and started their last two matches.

"It is flattering, it gives me the strength to continue on. I have the fortune of playing in one of the biggest clubs in the world, we have the best defenders and competition is fierce," he told Telefoot.

"I get along with [assistant Coach Zinedine] Zidane, who is at the club working and I am trying to evolve and to progress."

Varane is also back in the France squad.

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