This player is the reason I didn’t join United, says Real star

Real Madrid star speaks about previous Manchester United interest.

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has admitted he rejected the chance to play for Manchester United due to the presence of Phil Jones.

The Frenchman has gone on to become one of the best young centre-backs in the game, making 79 appearances for the La Liga giants to date and earning 12 caps for his country. But the 21-year-old admitted things could have been very different, if Jones had not arrived at Old Trafford from Blackburn Rovers.

In an interview with L’Equipe later published by ESPN, Varane said, “Manchester United? They had just signed Phil Jones in my position.”

As a result, the player swapped Lens for Madrid and the rest is history, but with Louis van Gaal still reportedly searching for defensive additions, could the French international still arrive at Old Trafford one day?

Only time will tell, but there is little doubt he has surpassed Jones in the three years that have followed.

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