Manchester United Lose Out To Real Madrid In Battle For French Defender

Stade Félix Bollaert teenager is heading for the Bernabeu and not Old Trafford.

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Lens defender Raphael Varane has snubbed a move to Manchester United in favour of a switch to Real Madrid.

The 18-year-old was being chased by a number of other clubs including Paris St Germain and Arsenal after impressing in his debut season in Ligue 1.

The France U21 international made 23 appearances for Lens last season but could not prevent them being relegated to Ligue 2.

Varane is regarded as one of the most promising talents in Europe but Lens president Gervais Martel has confirmed he is heading to the Spanish capital for a fee believed to be around £10million.

“Even if Lens had stayed in Ligue 1, Raphael Varane would have left because he is a phenomenon,” he said.

“He is going to play for Real Madrid under the leadership of Jose Mourinho who he has already met, just as he has (club advisor) Zinedine Zidane.

“Raphael is an exceptional boy. I am proud that he is going to don the Real colours.

“He has been pursued by Real for the past two months, he was welcomed by Real and he visited their facilities. He told me: ‘I cannot turn down such an opportunity!'”

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