Varane Feels Areola Can Challenge Courtois for Real Madrid No.1 Spot

Raphael Varane says his France international team-mate Alphonse Areola has every chance of breaking into the first team at Real Madrid, after joining on loan from Paris Saint-Germain.

The 26-year-old goalkeeper moved to the Bernabeu late in the summer transfer window, with Keylor Navas going in the opposite direction in a deal reported to be worth €15 million (£14m/$17m).

Former Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois is Zinedine Zidane’s current No.1, and France boss Didier Deschamps has expressed his concern that Areola won’t get enough playing time to perform properly for his country.

But defender Varane thinks Areola is good enough to challenge Courtois for the starting spot.

“We have been able to talk a little bit, of course,” Varane said in a press conference. “He is happy to come to Madrid.

“He will be very well received. Anything can happen in football, and we’ll see if he will be able to play regularly in Madrid.

“I know his qualities. He has cards to play and I hope for him that he is going to have a good season. He is ready for it.

“He has confidence in his ability, and we will help him settle in.”

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