Wednesday, May 15

Raphael Varane reveals how Sir Alex Ferguson tried to sign him for Man Utd in 2011

Raphael Varane

Online Betting Malaysia – Raphael Varane is finally a Manchester United player, but he could have been rocking up at Old Trafford ten years earlier if Sir Alex Ferguson had his way. Back in 2011, Varane was just emerging as arguably the top young defender on the planet at the time, and he was eventually snapped up by Real Madrid, who paid around £8m to land the Frenchman from Lens.

“There had been a lot of rumours and a lot of people speaking about me and Manchester United since 2011, when Sir Alex Ferguson came to my mother’s house,” he told the club’s official website. “When it was real [this year], that was when I spoke with my club, and I felt it was a real opportunity to play in the Premier League for Manchester United.”

Varane was eventually swayed by Zinedine Zidane, leaving United to sign another highly-rated youngster, Phil Jones, for a cool £16m – a move which didn’t exactly go to plan.

It may have taken ten years, but Varane is finally a United player, and he confessed that he was delighted to be making the move to Old Trafford after all this time.

“I’m very happy and very excited to start this new journey for me,” he continued. “It was a very good adventure with my old club, but now it’s a new start for me and I’m very happy to be here.

“I think it was a good moment because of a lot of things, but I think the most important one is it’s a new challenge and it’s a big motivation to start in a new league in a big club like Manchester United. This opportunity was amazing for me, so I chose this change for me and my family. They have come with me. You feel when things are a good moment and this was the right moment.

Varane also opened up on his relationship with fellow Frenchman Paul Pogba, with whom he has tasted plenty of success on the international scene and is keen to replicate that at club level.

“I’m very happy. I’ve known him for a very long time, we started together with the French national team and he’s a great player. I think he’s ambitious and me too, so we are ready to work hard and to do all we can to win trophies.”

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