Manchester United target Raphael Varane has praised Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho for the advice that kick-started his career at Real Madrid, according to the Daily
The 22-year-old revealed to French outlet Le Journal du Dimanche (via Express) that it was the Special One that prompted a change in his attitude, and he hailed Mourinho’s managerial style.
“During my second year at Madrid, Jose Mourinho gave me a kick up the backside,” he explained.
“I wasn’t doing well, I wasn’t managing to do what he wanted me to out on the pitch.
“So he chided me, saying, ‘Why don’t you run in training?’
“My first reaction was to mutter, ‘Oh come on…’ But I knew he was right, I had more to give.
“He’s direct and to the point. What he said to me was for my own good. Without regular pressure like that, I can tend to rest on my laurels,” he insisted.
While Varane has started both of Los Blancos’ games so far this season, he will be well aware that he has struggled to regularly hold down a place in the side due to the preference of previous managers to select Sergio Ramos and Pepe in central defence.
United have been interested in exploiting the former Lens man’s situation at the Bernabeu in an attempt to lure him to the Premier League (via Express).
However, the Blues have also tried to bring him to Stamford Bridge this summer (via Daily Express), and with Varane speaking so positively about their boss’ style, the Red Devils may be worried about their chances of landing the defender if a bidding war ensues.