France coach Laurent Blanc: Real Madrid's Raphael Varane must play regularly to become better

The national team boss has high expectations of the promising youngster, but added that it is crucial for him to get regular first-team action to continue his development
France coach Laurent Blanc has made it clear that he is closely monitoring the development of Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, and added that it's crucial for the youngster to play regularly in order to become a better player.

The 18-year-old centre-back joined Madrid from Lens in the summer of 2011 for a fee of around £8.4 million and has since featured seven times in total in La Liga, Champions League and the Copa del Rey for los Blancos and has even scored twice.

"He is one of the most talented players in the France Under-21 squad. We talk about him a lot because he is the youngest player in the team and because he plays for Real Madrid," Blanc said in an interview with La voix des sports.

"I can only hope that he gets the playing time he needs to become a better player and continue developing.

"It's a great thing that he plays Champions League football and trains with great players. However, the most important thing for players of his age is to play regularly."

Varane has already represented France at Under-21 level several times, and has been tipped to break into the senior team in the not too distant future.