Raphael Varane has announced his departure from Manchester United on Tuesday, revealing that he will leave the club at the end of the season when his contract expires.

The French defender, aged 31, has spent three years at Old Trafford.

Joining Manchester United from Real Madrid in 2021 for an initial fee of around £34 million ($43 million), Varane has made 93 appearances for the club, finding the net twice. He played a crucial role in the team’s success, contributing to their 2023 League Cup triumph, which marked the club’s first trophy in six years.

Throughout his time at Manchester United, Varane’s career has been hindered by injuries. Despite this, he remained committed to the team, although he has not featured since a 4-3 defeat against Chelsea on April 4. He aims to recover from his injury and make himself available for selection before the conclusion of the current season.

“To you guys, supporters of Manchester United it’s been an amazing few years to play for this special club and wear that shirt,” Varane said on social media.

“The first time I went to Old Trafford as a Man United player was insane, the atmosphere was amazing.

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“I fell in love with the club, with the fans. You have to play for Man United to understand what that represents,” he added.

The 2018 World Cup Winner added: “Despite the fact we had a difficult season, I’m very positive for the future. The new owners (United co-owner Jim Ratcliffe) are coming with a clear plan and a great strategy.”

United issued a statement saying Varane had confirmed his exit, saying he had brought a “great deal of class and experience to the team”.

“It is unflappable work at the heart of the defence that Rapha is most recognised for, as he has shown his undoubted quality since joining the club,” the club added.

It’s been a dreadful season for United, as they find themselves in eighth position in the Premier League standings, having suffered 14 defeats. Their hopes of qualifying for European competitions seem bleak.