Raphael Varane claimed that he feels “more fulfilled off the field” and insisted that he is “happy” with his “individual performances”.

Varane Insists He's 'Happy With Individual Performances'
Varane Insists He’s ‘Happy With Individual Performances’

The esteemed French defender, recently opened up about his perspectives on life off the football pitch, emphasising the importance of finding fulfilment beyond the realms of athletic success.


Facing physical and mental exhaustion following the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Varane, at the age of 29, made the bold decision to retire from international football, prioritising his overall well-being and he believes that he took the right call.

In a conversation with GQVarane said: “It’s day and night to have cuts during the season.

“The environment of high-level football in very high doses can be stifling and it feels good to relax a little.

“I almost feel like I’m doing a different job today and I feel more fulfilled off the field.”


Despite facing challenges in his initial season with United due to injuries, Varane believes that he found a renewed sense of purpose and determination in the Premier League in the subsequent campaigns.

He is content with his performances despite being often overlooked by manager Erik ten Hag to favour other contenders like Harry Maguire and Jonny Evans at the heart of defence.

“In Manchester, I experienced a first season of adaptation to the Premier League which was truncated by injuries,” he expressed.

“That said, last year was good and I am happy with my individual performances this season.


“But especially with the resilience shown by my teammates who do not give up even if we experience ups and downs.”


Varane voiced concerns about the escalating intensity of football schedules imposed by governing bodies.


With the expansion of tournaments like the World Cup and changes to prestigious club competitions such as the Champions League, Varane warned of the long-term implications on the health and longevity of athletes.

He stressed the need for a balanced approach to preserve the essence of football while safeguarding the well-being of players.

“There are more and more competitions and this phenomenon is accelerating.

“On the one hand, this poses a long-term problem for the health and longevity of athletes.

“On the other hand, it could be harmful to the football industry and entertainment,” he analysed.

“Football is a profession of passion with an artistic side that I love.

“But, the artists who go on tour, whether they are musicians, actors or comedians, all say that it is exhausting and some even take breaks of several years.

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“International footballers are underwater all year round and the summer of 2024 will be non-stop for those who go far in all competitions.

“If we want to defend football, preserve the high intensity of matches and see the best players at their best, we must take care of them and simply make them play less.”

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