Even though Raphael Varane has let everybody know about his desire to leave Real Madrid in the summer, it looks like Florentino Perez has no intention to show him the door.
With Manchester United and Juventus keen to make a run for the 25-year-old, it seems like Los Blancos will demand no less than €500m for his services.
Varane's release clause is ridiculously high for a defender, but they've already made it clear that they have no intention of engaging in transfer talks with anybody unless they active such clause.
The Frenchman is one of the most prolific stoppers in Europe, and while they're not interested in extending his stay at Santiago Bernabeu, even despite Zinedine Zidane's appointment as their full-time boss.
That's why, according to Goal, Zizou is reluctant to let his compatriot walk away, as he feels he's one of the most important members of the core he led to the ultimate glory in the UEFA Champions League and he's not to be replaced that easily.
"No (I cannot imagine Real Madrid without him), and besides, I don't want him to go. None of us want him to leave. He's still young, he's been here for eight years, and he's doing well. It's life, but he seems fine to me. He hasn't said anything about wanting to leave. But if you know something I don't…"What counts is what the player tells me and right now he is at the best club in the world. He has won a lot here and he seems ok to me," Zidane told Spanish media, as quoted by AS.
Even though Real Madrid already signed Porto's Eder Militao, it looks like they're just unwilling to letting Varane go.
However, we've already seen how this kind of stories eventually plays out, and keeping an unhappy player in their locker room may not be the best of ideas for a team trying to go back to their winning ways.