Awards 'not an objective' says Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane after FIFA, UEFA snubs

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Despite winning the Champions League and World Cup, Varane wasn't among the award finalists.

Real Madrid and France defender Raphael Varane says he is unbothered by snubs which saw him left out of the final three-man shortlists for both the UEFA and FIFA awards for best men’s player.

In 2017/18, Varane became just the ninth player to win the Champions League and World Cup in the same season, starring for Madrid as they won Europe’s premier club trophy for a historic third time and then guiding a solid France defence in their triumph in Russia.

He did make FIFA’s initial list of finalists, but for both awards, the top three were Liverpool‘s Mohamed Salah, Varane’s erstwhile club team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, and fellow Real Madrid man Luka Modric. Modric won the UEFA award.

“I’m glad you told me about it, but it’s not a topic of debate within the group,” Varane said.

“It’s an individual reward. We play a collective sport. It showcases the work done, but it’s a personal one.

“It’s not an objective and if I don’t win it, it won’t be a disappointment. It’s true that last season was exceptional. It will be difficult to do better, unless I put in 40 goals.

“Other players are less mentioned but have been very successful, like [N’Golo] Kante or [Paul] Pogba.”

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Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane hints at return to management in near future

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Zinedine Zidane has hinted that he is set to return to management soon.

The former France star resigned from his position as Real Madrid manager after leading Los Blancos to a third successive Champions League crown at the end of May.

But he told Spanish broadcaster TVE that he plans to be back in the game shortly.

Zidane said: “Yes, surely. Soon I will return to training because it is what I like and is what I have done all my life.”

The 46-year-old is the favourite to replace Jose Mourinho if he is sacked by Manchester United later this season.

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Real Madrid teenager Vinicius Junior could return to Brazil in January

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Real Madrid could lose out on the services of Vinicius Junior if he does not see more first team action before the end of 2018, reports Marca.

The 18-year-old has been frustrated to have been relegated to Madrid’s B team, where he scored two goals against Atletico Madrid B last week, and is considering returning to his homeland in search of more game time.

The former Flamengo frontman had an agreement where if he came over this summer, he could return to Brazil for the spring if he was not happy at the Bernabeu.

If a return to his native Rio de Janeiro was to happen, it guarantees Vinicius regular football at Flamengo before coming back to Madrid for pre-season next summer.

For manager Julen Lopetegui, his number one priority is the first team and winning as many game as possible, but the club is also looking at ways to keep Vinicius and other peripheral players happy.

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