By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
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Guillermo Varela has hinted at a lengthy Manchester United stay just days after coming close to a deadline day loan move.
The rookie defender was in talks to join Genoa in Serie A for the rest of the season but the move was blocked by Louis van Gaal following a series of serious injuries sustained by the club’s senior full-backs.
Varela has now said he would “love” to have a long career at Old Trafford as he attempts to follow Cameron Borthwick-Jackson by getting more first-team action.
As revealed by Football Insider, the youthful duo are in talks with the club about extending their contracts.
Uruguayan Varela, whose current deal expires in 2018, said: “It’s all about continuing to work hard and trying to win the confidence of the coach. Firstly, I love being at Manchester United and I’d love to enjoy a long career here and win everything that comes in our path.
“Then, looking ahead, [playing for] the [Uruguay] national team of course”
Uruguayan Varela, who is principally a right-back, was the first signing made by former manager David Moyes and spent last season on loan at Real Madrid’s B team Castilla.
He broke into the first team in December, making his debut against West Ham and starting in the Champions League defeat to Wolfsburg.
With Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Ashley Young all long-term absentees, Varela has become a regular in Van Gaal’s matchday squad and he is hoping to kick on.
“The first year was really a period where I was settling in,” he told the United website. “In the second year, I went out on loan [to Castilla] and now I’m back at the club again and the manager has been giving me the chance to show what I can do, so I’m very pleased to be getting this opportunity.
“Right now, I can say that I have adapted 100 per cent to the English game. I’m used to the pace and physicality just now.
“The football here is very physical in comparison to Uruguay or other parts of the world, where the emphasis is more on technique and tactics. But here you have to battle harder and have more strength when you’re playing and that’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned.”
“It gave me a kind of inner calm to say that I could compete at the level of the Champions League. Then, I knew I can be here and I can play. After being in the squad a few times and then featuring in a number of games, you start to feel that you are capable of turning out in the starting XI and performing at the level the team requires.”