Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has heaped praise on their new signing Raphael Varane, who he believes is an “excellent footballer”.

Man United have been busy in the transfer market so far this summer. Jadon Sancho has finally joined the club from Borussia Dortmund for a fee of around £73m.

Then ahead of Saturday’s game against Leeds United, they formally announced the purchase of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid for around £34m. 

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Varane is highly regarded and he is considered to be one of the best defenders in world football.

Maguire has been speaking about the two new signings in an interview that has been cited by The Metro. He believes that Varane is an “excellent footballer”:

“To bring players into this club, obviously of his calibre as well, it’s going to be really, really exciting,” Maguire told PA.

“Everyone in the squad is obviously looking forward to working with him. I think one thing that it does is it boosts our defensive options.

“We’ve got an amazing number of centre-backs now at this club, all international players who are all proven in the Premier League.

“You’ve seen again how well Victor (Lindelof) played today. Victor has not just shown that today, but he’s shown it over the last two seasons while I’ve played with him.

“He’s an excellent footballer so, like I say, to have this amount of number of top centre-backs is great for the competition for places. It’ll make people push further, push harder and it’s exciting.”

The defender also took time to praise Sancho, who he thinks will be a “top player” for Man United.

Maguire added: “I think you’ve seen in little glimpses the talent, the skills, goals, assists. He’s obviously going to be a top player.

“He’s still young as well but he’s done a lot in the game. He brings that winning mentality to us as well, which is really important.

“But he’s an exceptional talent and I think he’s had a really stop-start pre-season, so I think he’ll work hard obviously over the next few weeks to get to match fitness and he’ll be there soon.”

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