Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe has weighed in on the situation surrounding fellow French international Raphael Varane, who is rumored to be allowed to leave Manchester United in the summer transfer window. With United considering a rebuild of their defense, Mbappe’s comments have given manager Erik ten Hag something to think about.

Varane, who joined United from Real Madrid in 2021, initially made a strong impact at the club. However, he has fallen down the pecking order this season and his current contract, set to expire at the end of the season, is likely to be renegotiated in an effort to lower his salary, rather than trigger an extension for an additional 12 months.

ESPN recently reported that ten Hag is keen on revamping his defense, potentially leading to Varane’s departure at the end of the season. Mbappe, who played alongside Varane for the French national team, highlighted the impact of Varane’s international retirement on Les Bleus, suggesting that it showcases cohesion and adaptability within the team.

However, Varane is not the only player at risk in United’s defense. The club is reportedly open to significant offers for Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire, with the former having had his contract extended by a year last month.

Former United player Gary Neville expressed concerns about retaining Lindelof and Varane, suggesting that the club should send a message by starting afresh. Neville emphasized the importance of not tolerating the levels of performance witnessed over the past few years, particularly following the announcement of Ineos’ deal with the Glazer family.

As speculation continues to swirl around Varane’s future, Mbappe’s remarks and Neville’s opinions have added to the debate surrounding United’s plans for their defense in the upcoming summer transfer window.

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