‘Varane presence good for France’

Laurent Koscielny believes that Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane’s call-up to the France squad is only a good thing.

Koscielny is one of those who could make way for the in-form 19-year-old long term, but he sees the youngster’s impending senior debut as a positive for Les Bleus.

“The arrival of Varane is good competition.

“He is going to force us to be better for the national team and [for me] at Arsenal. It is a positive for the other defenders,” commented the Arsenal defender, before reflecting on his continued presence in the France team under Didier Deschamps.

“Both on and off the field we have a good relationship. I feel very good at his side.”

France play Georgia and Spain in World Cup qualifying next week.

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