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Raphael Varane: ‘I turned down Manchester United’

Real Madrid defender has revealed that he was persuaded to turn down a move to Manchester United after a phone call with Zinedine Zidane.

The France international signed for the Spanish giants from Ligue 1 side Lens in 2011 so he could ‘develop more as a player’.

However, the 22-year-old was also wanted by Manchester United at the same time and was in advanced talks with Sir Alex Ferguson at the time before Madrid legend Zidane made his enquiry.

Varane Reveals All

In an interview with Le Journal du Dimanche, Varane said: “Zidane called me and I asked him to call me back because I was studying for my baccalaureate. It’s my relaxed nature that made me react like that.

“You have to be care-free to deal with so many things at such a young age.

“But to be honest, after that call, my mind was elsewhere; it was hard to focus on revising!

“It was the craziest period of my life: I was getting ready for the baccalaureate, the phone was ringing off the hook, I visited the Real facilities, I met Alex Ferguson.

“Just imagine, I was doing exams and signing autographs for other students. It was surreal. I’m really proud of having passed.” he added.

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By Drew Darbyshire (@DarbySports)

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