Real Madrid's Raphael Varane Unfazed By Potential France Call-Up

The defender has been mooted as a strong possibility for his national team's set-up, but he noted his sole focus is on improving as a player
Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane insisted he is not anxious to play for France at senior level.

Reports in France suggest that Varane may be called up for the national team's upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers against Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina as coach Laurent Blanc is forced to deal with injuries to his regular defenders.

The 18-year-old, who moved to Madrid from Lens in the summer, was a starter in the club's last three encounters, and his strike in the 6-2 victory against Rayo Vallecano made him the youngest foreign goalscorer for the side, at 18 and 152 days.

Varane is enjoying a good moment at the Bernabeu outfit, but admitted he is not concerned about a potential call-up.

"For now, I am not paying attention to my future with the France national team," he told RMC. "I am focused on what I have to do. I have time to play there.

"If I am called up, it will be a great joy, but it is not an obsession. My goal is to play and improve."

Meanwhile, Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano praised Varane's efforts, telling Marca: "He has come into the side and done well. With more rhythm in competition, he will continue to make progress."

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