Guillermo Varela makes Real Madrid debut and added to Champions League squad

by Sam Peoples

Guillermo Varela made his debut for Real Madrid’s reserves today after completing a loan move to the Spanish capital on transfer deadline day.

The 21-year-old right-back joined Madrid on loan for the season but the Champions League holders have an option to buy the Uruguayan at the end of the deal.

Madrid have also added Varela to their Champions League squad so while he may be playing some reserves football this season, he is very much considered part of their first-team squad.

Real Madrid’s official website described Varela as: “A very complete player: powerful, fast and aggressive. A good defender who likes go forward. He is able to penetrate down the right side dangerously and is very strong as the last man.

“He is also a player who is good at reaching the goal line and has very good ball control. He can dribble with ease past his marker. All these characteristics earned him a place in the Uruguayan U-20s.”


Marnick Vermijl was the right-back chosen by Louis van Gaal for United’s first-team squad this season and after consistently impressing over the past couple of season, that was a deserved call-up.

Varela is very highly rated and the fact Madrid wanted to take him on loan is a testament to that but if he does impress out in Spain, there is a big chance Madrid might decide to buy him in a permanent deal.

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