Raphael Varane has penned a heartfelt letter to Real Madrid as he departs the club after a decade of success.
The 28-year-old is due to join Manchester United this summer after the Red Devils agreed a €50m deal with the Los Blancos and he is looking forward to the new challenge.
The World Cup winner wrote: “These last few days have been charged with many emotions, feelings that I now want to share with all of you.
“After 10 incredible and wonderful years at Real Madrid, a club that I will always carry in my heart, the day has come to say goodbye.
“Since I arrived in 2011, together we have exceeded all expectations and achieved things that I could never have dreamed of. I would like to thank all the coaches and all the people who work or have worked at the club for everything they have done for me.
“Many thanks also to all the Madridistas who always gave me a lot of affection and with their great demand they pushed me to give my best and fight for every success.
“I have had the honour of sharing a dressing room with the best players in the world. Countless victories that I will never forget, especially ‘La Decima’ (the 10th European Cup success in Real’s history, achieved in 2014). I realise that it has been a great privilege to have been able to experience such special moments.
“Finally, I want to thank all Spaniards and especially to the city of Madrid, where my two children were born. This country will always be special to me.”
“A new chapter begins…”