Raphael Varane, who moved to Real Madrid from the French club Lens for a fee in the range of €10m in 2011, has been the subject of recent transfer speculation.
With manager Zinedine Zidane preferring to go with the experienced duo of Sergio Ramos and Pepe in central defence, Varane is often left warming the bench. This has led to rumours of him leaving the club.
Prior to signing for Real Madrid, Raphael Varane had the opportunity to sign for Manchester United, which he rejected.
And according to Spanish newspaper Marca, he has once again rejected a move to Manchester United.
Newly appointed Manchester United manager José Mourinho was at Real Madrid’s helm when the Frenchman signed for Real Madrid.
It was expected that Varane would take 33-year-old Pepe’s position in the team this season, but unfortunately for him, Pepe was in the form of his life last season. He was also among the best players for Portugal in their Euro winning campaign.
It was on Zidane’s advice that Varane rejected Manchester United in 2011 to sign for Real Madrid, and now, ironically, he is frozen out of the team by fellow Frenchman, Zidane.
Manchester United will have to do with their other signing from La Liga, Eric Bailly, who was signed from Villarreal this summer.
After featuring in his first pre-season friendly game against Wigan Athletic, Mourinho spoke greatly of him, even comparing him with Varane. José Mourinho said that he will try and realise Bailly’s potential, just like he did with Varane.