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Varane: I met Sir Alex but Zizou convinced me about Real Madrid

Raphael Varane has explained choosing Real Madrid over Manchester United.

Varane had offers from both giants when deciding to leave Lens.

He told Le Journal du Dimanche: "Zidane called me and I asked him to call me back because I was studying for my baccalaureate. It's my relaxed nature that made me react like that.

"You have to be care-free to deal with so many things at such a young age.

"But to be honest, after that call, my mind was elsewhere; it was hard to focus on revising!

"It was the craziest period of my life: I was getting ready for the baccalaureate, the phone was ringing off the hook, I visited the Real facilities, I met Alex Ferguson.

"Just imagine, I was doing exams and signing autographs for other students. It was surreal. I'm really proud of having passed."


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