Real Madrid star Raphael Varane has sung the praises of Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, report Calciomercato.
Varane moved to the Bernabeu in 2011, while still in his teenage years. He was immediately given the opportunity to showcase his talent under Mourinho’s stewardship, and subsequently developed into one of the most well-rounded centre-backs in La Liga.
Though only 23-years-old, Varane has already made 180 appearances for Los Blancos, with 107 of them coming in Spain’s top tier. His good performances for his club side have also earned him the opportunity to represent his country. Varane has played 35 times for the French national side, and even played for Les Bleus at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Varane owes Mourinho a great deal for where he is in his career right now, and it appears as though the Frenchman rates his former boss very highly.
Calciomercato translate L’Equipe‘s interview with Varane, during which he sings The Special One’s praises. He also praises former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti:
“I had a special relationship with Mourinho. With Ancelotti, I played less, but he did extraordinary things at Real and this is what counts. I mostly wondered if the club [Real Madrid] was in line with my project, namely to play.”