Varane admits he turned down a move to Man Utd because they signed Phil Jones.


Raphael Varane has revealed he turned down a move to Old Trafford because Manchester United signed Phil Jones.

The Los Blancos defender has been one of the highly-rated young defenders in Europe and Manchester United were amongst those who wanted the Frenchman at their club.

The 21-year-old defender moved from Lens to Real Madrid back in 2011 just after the Reds signed Phil Jones from Blackburn.

And Varane told L'Equipe: "Manchester United? They had just signed Phil Jones in my position."

He also said how he turned down a move to Paris Saint-Germain after Jose Mourinho helped lure him to Madrid.

"The project [at PSG] wasn't clear. The Qataris had only just arrived and it was all very vague," added Varane.

"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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