Official: Real Madrid announces signing of Lens' Raphael Varane

The Spanish capital club has landed its first defensive reinforcement for the new season, following the arrivals of three midfielders
Real Madrid has announced it has completed the signing of RC Lens defender Raphael Varane for an undisclosed fee.

The France Under-21 international passed a medical with Real Madrid earlier on Monday and has penned a contract until 2017 with the club.

Varane, who made his professional debut for Lens only last year, has established himself as one of France's most promising youth players despite his club being relegated to Ligue 2.

Upon arriving at the Spanish capital's airport, Varane said he was 'very happy' to sign for Real Madrid, which finished second in La Liga last season.

His transfer, which is believed to be valued at around 10 million euros, is likely to pave the way for the exit of Ezequiel Garay, for whom Madrid has already received offers.

Varane has become Real Madrid's fourth signing of this summer, following in the footsteps of Nuri Sahin, Hamit Altintop and Jose Maria Callejon.

Real Madrid director Zinedine Zidane recently praised Varane, drawing parallels between the 18-year-old and former France defender Laurent Blanc.

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