Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has revealed he rejected an offer from Manchester United in order to join los Blancos.
The Frenchman was courted by a number of Europe’s top clubs at the time when Lens decided to cash in on him, but he ultimately chose Real Madrid.
Varane now reveals that he rejected both Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain in favour of a move to Santiago Bernabeu.
“PSG? The project there wasn’t clear. The Qataris had only just arrived and it was all very vague,” Varane confessed to L’Equipe.
“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.”
Varane left Lens after just one senior season in Ligue 1, but that proved to be a good decision as he has already showed a lot of potential at Santiago Bernabeu.
The 19-year-old has moved in front of Raul Albiol and Ricardo Carvalho in the pecking order and has had quite a few starts this season.
While featuring in 3 La Liga games this term, Varane made two appearances in the Champions League and one in Copa del Rey.