France international Raphael Varane has revealed that he rejected an approach from Manchester United this summer.
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 was often left warming the bench last season, which led to rumours of him leaving the club.
Current Manchester United manager Mourinho was the one to bring Varane to Real Madrid back in 2011. He helped Varane develop, and made him into a world class defender, and now he desires to work with him again.
Varane said in an interview with French media outlet Canal+ that it was very difficult for him to reject an opportunity to reunite with José Mourinho, but a talk with Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane helped him decide.
“Of course, it’s flattering. Manchester United are a very big club. But from the moment when Madrid and I are in sync on my project, there is no questions to ask yourself,” Varane told Canal+.
“I have always said I feel good in Madrid. It’s not easy to say ‘No’ to Jose Mourinho, but you have to weigh up the pros and the cons. We’re men, we have decisions to make and that’s how it is.”
He added: “It was really that trust [from Zidane], that support which was important for me, and when I was reassured on that point, there was no question of it anymore.”