- Raphael Varane has been a huge fan of Jose Mourinho while he was manager at Real Madrid
- Mourinho attempted to lure the Frenchman when he was newly appointed as Man United boss
- But the move was blocked by Zinedine Zidane after persuading the Frenchman to stay in Spain
Rahael Varane would have been Jose Mourinho's first signing when he became Manchester United boss, reports claim.
But the move is understood to have been blocked by Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane who persuaded the Frenchman to remain with Real Madrid.
Mourinho made Varane his priority after identifying United's defensive crisis when he arrived Old Trafford in 2016.
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And being the Frenchman's former boss at the Santiago Bernabeu, the Portuguese gaffer made him his number one target.
But according to Spanish news media outlet Diario AS, Zidane stood between the deal and persuaded his compatriot to stay at the Spanish capital.
Varane has gone on to establish himself as one of the best center-backs in the world and helped his country win the 2018 World Cup.
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Mourinho turned his attention to Eric Bailly after failing to land Varane and signed the Ivorian from Villarreal for £30million.
The Cote d'Ivoire international made a promising start to his career at Old Trafford but has been struggling with recurring injury problems.
Bailly is currently nursing a knee problem he sustained at United's during pre-season campaign and is expected to make a return next year.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that La Liga President Javier Tebas wants Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho to return to Spain.
The Portuguese duo made their mark with La Liga giants Real Madrid but they are no longer plying their trade in Spain.
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