Jose Mourinho says Raphael Varane was close to joining Manchester United before Real Madrid move

by Sam Peoples

Jose Mourinho has explained how close Raphael Varane was to joining Manchester United before making the decision to join Real Madrid.

At the time, Varane, 19, was considered one of the best defensive prospects in Europe and United were closing in on a deal to bring him to Old Trafford.

However, the French youngster decided a move to Madrid was the best decision for him but Mourinho has intimated Varane was very close to joining United.

“I was on holiday and in Madrid. Zinedine Zidane arrived with a DVD and I thought ‘that player, with two years’ work with us, would be fantastic’,” he said.

“Varane had one foot at Manchester United but Real Madrid are very strong and Rapha came to us.”

Speaking back in 2012, Varane hinted towards the signing of Phil Jones as the main reason why he didn’t choose United: “PSG? The project there wasn’t clear. The Qataris had only just arrived and it was all very vague.

“Manchester United? They had just signed Phil Jones in my position.

“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.”

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