Raphael Varane explains why he rejected Manchester United this summer
Turning down Manchester United was a "difficult" decision for Raphael Varane, but the French man believes he made the right choice.
The Real Madrid defender was linked with a move to Old Trafford during the summer transfer window in a move that would see him reunite with his old boss Jose Mourinho.
Prior to signing promising youngster Eric Bailly from Villarreal, Varane was singled out as a player who could come straight into the Red Devils first team in order to sure-up their defence. Suddenly, he started garnering a lot of inches in the transfer gossip columns.
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Varane hinted that the move did tickle his fancy in an interview with Canal+, but after weighing everything up, he made up his mind to stay and hasn't looked back since.
"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's no questions to ask yourself."
"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."
Ultimately, it was Zinedine Zidane's vote of confidence that convinced him to stay put at the Bernabeu. The Madrid boss played a pivotal role in bringing him to the Spanish capital five years ago and Varane still clearly feels a sense of loyalty towards his compatriot.
"It was really that trust, that support which was important for me, and when I was reassured on that point, there was no question of it any more."