Zidane has close eye on new Varane: Benoit Badiashile

31 Jul 2020

A man of many talents, Zinedine Zidane is as much a keen-eyed scout as a successful coach. Since hanging up his football boots, the Real Madrid boss has kept a constant eye on Ligue 1 to monitor the latest young pearls emerging from the French championship.

And the latest to attract his attention is Benoit Badiashile, Monaco’s up-and-coming 19-year-old center back. Standing at a powerful 1.92 meters (6’ 3”), Badiashile made his debut at 17 and is considered one of the most promising young defenders in France, which he represents at U-19 level. In short, a new Raphael Varane.

Badiashile the right fit for Real Madrid

Badiashile possesses all the qualities that Madrid is desperately seeking: a left-footed center back who can complement the right-footed starters – Ramos and Varane. The young Monaco player joins Zidane’s list of potential future defenders, which also includes Dayot Upamecano (Leipzig), Gabriel (Lille) and Mohammed Salisu (Valladolid).

Another plus factor is Badiashile’s low price tag. He has a contract with Monaco until 2024 and is valued at between €35 and €40 million, mainly because he has not yet fallen under the radar of Europe’s most powerful clubs. He had been very high on the list of desired left-footed central defenders for Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, though the Premier League club finally opted for Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake. Last season, Wolves had a €34 million offer for Badiashile rejected by Monaco, according to L’Èquipe.

Next Match

Real Madrid vs Inter Milan (On time)


Should Real Madrid include Vinicius in Mbappe transfer deal?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
Leo Messi 23 Goals Barcelona
Karim Benzema 21 Goals Real Madrid
Gerard Moreno 20 Goals Villarreal
L. Suárez 19 Goals Atlético Madrid
Youssef En-nesyri 16 Goals Sevilla
Lewandowski 10 Goals Bayern Munich
Haaland 8 Goals RB Salzburg
Harry Kane 6 Goals Tottenham Hotspur
Son Heung-min 5 Goals Tottenham Hotspur
Sterling 5 Goals Manchester City