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The France international has stated that he will do his utmost to make sure his compatriot feels welcome at his new club, following his arrival from Lens

Real Madrid attacker Karim Benzema has remarked that he is keen to help new arrival Raphael Varane settle in at the Santiago Bernabeu next season.

The 18-year-old centre-back signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid on Monday to complete his transfer to the Spanish capital from Lens, and Benzema has stressed he will do his utmost to make his young compatriot feel at home at his new surroundings.

"It is an immense fortune to play at this club and he has to seize the opportunity. I welcome him. He can count on me to talk to him and help him in his new life in Madrid," Benzema was quoted as saying by AS.

"Zinedine Zidane has recommended him and that says it all. I think Varane knew the Madrid train only happens once in a lifetime."

Benzema joined Real Madrid from Lyon at the tender age of 21 in 2009, and initially struggled to adapt to life in La Liga, but eventually found his feet in his second season and appears eager to ensure Varane will not encounter similar problems.

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