Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane explains why he rejected Man United this summer [Canal+]

Raphael Varane and Jose Mourinho
Raphael Varane and Jose Mourinho

Raphael Varane says “no” to Mourinho

Former Villarreal defender Eric Bailly has slotted into the Manchester United defence seamlessly but it appears the 22-year-old Ivorian was not Jose Mourinho’s first choice centre back.

Currently in France on international duty, Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane spoke to Canal+ about his decision to stay in Madrid this summer.

The 23-year-old centre-back admitted he was “flattered” but was clearly convinced by Zinedine Zidane to stay put, despote making only 23 La Liga starts last season.

Varane explains his decision

“Of course it is flattering to hear that (the interest of Manchester United),” admitted Raphael Varane.

“Jose Mourinho is the one who made me come to Real Madrid and Manchester United is a great club. But from the moment I knew the project Real Madrid had for me there were no more questions”.

“I have always felt good at Real Madrid. I looked at the pros and cons. It was a life decision in respect to my career.”

“We are men and you must make decisions. Since the moment I knew what my role was going to be, I had no more questions.”