Real Madrid land Varane from Lens

MADRID - Real Madrid have agreed to sign French defender Raphael Varane from Lens on a six-year contract, the Spanish club said on Monday.

The 18-year-old youth international made his debut in Ligue 1 with Lens last November and went on to make 23 league appearances.

Local media reported Jose Mourinho's side would pay around 10 million euros.

The towering centre-back, who can also operate in a midfield holding role, will be competing with players such as Pepe, Ricardo Carvalho, Raul Albiol and Ezequiel Garay for a place in the centre of defence next season.

Varane is Real's fourth signing of the close-season after Turkish midfielders Nuri Sahin and Hamit Altintop, and Spanish striker Jose Callejon.