From Spain: Varane and Morata could join Mourinho at Man United

by Robbie Dunne


Raphael Varane has decided to leave Real Madrid with the Premier League a possible destination for the defender, according to reports.

The 23-year-old was ruled out of Euro 2016, where he was set to star in France’s defence and is said to be tired of waiting on the bench at Real Madrid. He has become third choice behind Pepe and club captain Sergio Ramos and believes a change of scenery is the best outcome for everyone involved.

Jose Mourinho managed Varane at Real Madrid and gave him his debut in 2011 in a 0-0 draw with Racing Santander.

Manchester United just bought Eric Bailly to start beside Chris Smalling but questions marks remain over whether the English centre-half is up to the task of guiding the club to dominance both domestically and in Europe.

Varane has proven himself to be one of the best defenders in Europe with Real Madrid and at just 23 has plenty of development to do, which could happen quickly under Mourinho – a man known for helping defenders reach their potential.

United are also in the Europa League next season and face a gruelling schedule that will require a full squad of players capable of coming in and out without disrupting their performances too much.

Another player who is on United and Mourinho’s radar is Alvaro Morata. The Spanish striker re-signed with Madrid after two years with Juventus but many believe the Champions League winners bought him back in order to shift him again at a higher price. Morata, who is 23 also, scored 12 goals last season and added another 12 assists with Juventus.

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