Raphaël Varane explains the reasons for his international retirement


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After announcing his international retirement at 29, Raphaël Varane justified this choice with extremely strong words, in particular on his mental health and his physical condition. In an interview given to Canal +the 2018 World Champion claims to need a breather, explaining that the extension of Didier Deschamps, the internal conflicts with the French Football Federation and the episode of Karim Benzema’s departure from Qatar had nothing to do with her decision.

I almost did not participate in the last World Cup 2022, I was collapsed, I finished the World Cup on my kneeshe assured. I gave everything. If we had won, I would have announced it immediately afterwards. This is the most important decision of my career. Me, I live things to the fullest. Mentally, I can even concentrate more sometimes, at the end of the season. We already lost matches in June, where we couldn’t even concentrate, we were carbo. Sometimes when I’m with my family, which I left when I was 13, I can’t disconnect. I am there, without being there. I need to breathe, I’m suffocating. The hardest moment was calling the coach, he suspected“.

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