Manchester derby is talked about in Spain's dressing room

Manchester derby is talked about in Spain's dressing room
Manchester derby is talked about in Spain's dressing room
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06 September, 2016

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane admits that it was hard to say no to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho in the summer, but has insisted that he is happy at the Santiago Bernabeu. The France global has managed a decent 53 Liga BBVA appearances over the past couple of seasons, but missed the club's UnDecima triumph over Atletico Madrid and the Euro 2016 through injury.

Turning down Manchester United was a "difficult" decision for Raphael Varane, but the French man believes he made the right choice.

Jose Mourinho was credited for much of the Frenchman's development during the Portuguese manager's three-year stint at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Now Varane has opened up on the approach from United, as he confirmed he was "flattered" by the approaches from United, before insisting the lure of staying at Real Madrid convinced him to stay.

Varane told Canal Plus (h/t Foot Mercato), "I have always felt good at Real Madrid".

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Varane conceded that, "It's not easy to say "No" to Jose Mourinho", but that "You have to weigh up the pros and the cons".

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.

"We are men, we have to make decisions and that's how it is".

While Jose Mourinho played an important role in his progress, Zidane was Madrid's sporting director when Varane signed and it was he who brought his young compatriot to the club. The France global looks set to compete for a regular spot in the starting lineup this season under his compatriot while continuing his development.


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