Raphael Varane has opened up about having a spat with former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo for not calling him by his first name in training.
The Real Madrid defender claimed his approach to the Portuguese superstar was not disrespectful.
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"'Varane, go into the middle,'" Ronaldo is said to have barked, to which Varane claims he replied: "I'm not Varane, I'm Rapha!"
The France international insisted he was not disrespecting Ronaldo but showing a bit of character.
"It was not disrespectful," Varane told Onze Mondial. "I am super nice, I am great, even in the dressing room. I am also quite shy.
"But when there are difficult times or when you have to show your character, you can count on me. The players who have known me for a while know this.
"Of course, it's not the aspect of my character that you see the most or that you see first. It was not a matter of respect or disrespect, it was just a matter of, 'If I'm not seen, I'm not considered much.'
"After that it was more like: 'Oh, I am also here, I also have a name.' It was more like that."
But the World Cup winner was quick to praise for his former colleague for his achievements.
"He's great, great, on a human level - and on a footballing level, I don't even have words anymore," Varane said.
"He's accomplished something extraordinary: he made his incredible achievements seem banal.
"And to do that…there are no words to explain it, it's huge, it's extraordinary. He taught me a lot and also surprised me. How many times have I said to myself: 'Wow, this is incredible.'"
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Tammy Abraham has become a shock target for Premier League champions Manchester City, reports claim.
The 22-year-old's current contract talks with Chelsea has been reportedly put on hold because of the striker's request for huge wage demands.
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