MANCHESTER UNITED star Raphael Varane has posted about “ego” and “mindset” in a lengthy LinkedIn post.

And it’s sparked an invite to Jake Humphrey’s High Performance Podcast.


Varane, 30, is in his third season at Old Trafford following a £34million move from Real Madrid in 2021.

However, the Frenchman is way down the pecking order under Erik ten Hag.

He has made just nine Premier League appearances for United this term.

And with Varane’s contract up next summer, he could soon be set to leave as a free agent.

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In the meantime, the World Cup winner now appears to be taking a philosophical approach to the beautiful game.

On Tuesday he made a lengthy LinkedIn post delivering his thoughts on the journey a player must make to reach the top of football.

It read: “The journey to the top is something that requires a significant amount of strength. There are so many factors that go into becoming a professional player, and even more to have a successful career. 

“In Europe, less than 1% of players who begin in academies as children will make it to professional level. 

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“The numbers are even smaller when you narrow it down to the amount that play for their countries, and in the Champions League. 

“According to Fifa, there are an estimated 130,00 professional players worldwide with 211 Fifa registered nation teams. Based on this, approximately 5275 (4.06%) players play for their country. 

“With 32 Champions League registered teams, approximately 800 (0.64%) play in the Champions League – both numbers based on a 25 player squad per team.

 “As someone who has played at both levels, I feel extremely lucky to have done so. I also know what is required to get here. A critical element of reaching the top level is making the right decisions for yourself. 

“Many of these decisions stem from ego, something that for me is one of the most important things to keep control of, and can give you a better mentality when used correctly. 

“In football and in life, I have found that, as long as you have a strong mindset and continue to act on it, you can reach new heights. The accolades and recognition you get are a consequence of the decisions you make. 

“If you focus on the process and enjoy the small improvements rather than only focusing on the result, you can always achieve great things.”

Varane’s post received a warm welcome from fellow LinkedIn users.

But one man who was particularly impress was ex-BT Sport host Humphrey.

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And he issued an invite to Varane to join him on his podcast.

Humphrey wrote: “We need to talk on the High Performance Podcast bro x.”

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