Real Madrid central defender Raphael Varane has revealed that he rejected the chance to join Manchester United in 2011 because they had signed Phil Jones, Sky
Varane was highly sought after when he decided to leave Lens, with the Red Devils among many top European clubs looking to claim his signature. However, the 21-year-old decided against a move to Old Trafford and Paris St. Germain due to a lack of assurances over his role in the team. “Manchester United? They had just signed Phil Jones in my position,” he said. “The project [at PSG] wasn’t clear. The Qataris had only just arrived and it was all very vague.”
He has now told L’Equipe that he was convinced by Real Madrid and their then manager Jose Mourinho that he was guaranteed a regular place in the starting XI. He added: “My first reaction when Real wanted to sign me was not, ‘Of course I will go’. I only made my decision when I knew that the coach wanted me to play in the first team.”
Since making the move the Bernabeu, Varane has become one of the most highly regarded centre-backs in Europe, and has been linked with a reunion with Mourinho at Chelsea. In three years, he has scored four goals in 79 appearances, winning La Liga and the Champions League.
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