£53m Real Madrid defender confirms contact from Manchester United over transfer

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A Real Madrid star has lauded Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho for his development into a world-class player after revealing the Portuguese tactician "made him feel like Cristiano Ronaldo". "Manchester United are a very big club", Varane told Canal+ at the time.

Jose Mourinho is a known admirer of Varane's talents after the pair worked together at Santiago Bernabeu during the former's two-year reign, and the Portuguese boss is keen to be reunited with the France global at Old Trafford. "There were contacts, but not directly".

Many had tipped United as favourites to win the tie following the 0-0 draw in Seville, but a shocking team selection from Jose Mourinho, followed by an equally dismal display from the players, led to a 2-1 humiliation at Old Trafford.

Given he is only 24 and a long way from his peak years, Varane is a supremely talented centre-back and would be a phenomenal addition to United's back line, which is overly reliant on the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.

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Victor Lindelof has also failed to impress since his big-money move to Manchester, while Marcos Rojo has been plagued by injuries over the past couple of seasons and can not be relied upon regularly.

Mourinho is thought to be prioritising his defence and central midfield this summer and Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti is another rumoured target. It is pure power.

Well, that's exactly what Diario Gol are reporting he's done on Friday, telling Florentino Pérez: "I'm going to the Premier League". Like Lukaku, for example. You have to play differently.

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