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The seasoned defender has voiced his admiration for the France Under-21 starlet following his strong display against Real Sociedad in Los Blancos' 5-1 win at the weekend

Real Madrid youngster Raphael Varane has earned heavy praise from Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand with his strong performance against Real Sociedad on Saturday.

The 18-year-old centre-back featured alongside Sergio Ramos in the Blancos' 5-1 victory, replacing the suspended Pepe, and Ferdinand was impressed with Varane's display at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"I'm liking the look of the young Real Madrid central defender, 18yrs old, looking nice + composed! #future," tweeted Ferdinand about the defensive prospect.

Varane joined Real Madrid from Lens in the summer of 2011, and has since impressed with a number of fine displays.

The defender had also attracted the interest of Manchester United last year, but eventually opted to turn the Premier League side down in favour of a move to Madrid.

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