Speaking on SFR Sport, French international central defender Raphaël Varane’s former Lens manager Jean-Guy Wallemme explained why his ex-player chose Real Madrid over Manchester United in 2011.
“The choice he made to go to Real Madrid was the right one. Zinedine Zidane, who was not yet a manager at the time, played an important role because the player was set to, initially, go to Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson really wanted him. José Mourinho also had his card of seduction to play by telling Raphaël that he was the third defender in the hierarchy (presumably over there).”