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No Mourinho, no show, insists Real Madrid star


REAL MADRID star Raphael Varane will snub a move to Manchester United if Jose Mourinho doesn’t replace Louis van Gaal this summer.

The France international has fallen behind Sergio Ramos and Pepe in the pecking order at Real and has struggled to hold down a starting place since Zinedine Zidane took charge.

But while he is open to joining United, the centre-back has made it clear he will only do so if Mourinho becomes the next boss at Old Trafford.

The Daily Mail reports: “Varane, who has 28 caps, is close to Mourinho, who signed him from Lens when he was boss of the Spanish giants in 2011.

“He is willing to team-up with Mourinho once again, but has no interest in joining United if Van Gaal remains at the helm for one more season.”

It’s not the first time United have tried to bring in Varane – former Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson attempted to sign him in 2011 but lost out to Madrid and landed Phil Jones from Blackburn instead.


United have already held talks with the defender about a possible £30m move but face missing out on the 23-year-old again if they don’t make a decision on Van Gaal’s future very soon.

The Dutchman has taken his side to the FA Cup final and could win the club’s first piece of silverware since 2013 when they take on Crystal Palace at Wembley on May 21.

But they face a losing battle to secure Champions League qualification with bitter rivals Manchester City only needing to take a point at Swansea on Sunday in the final round of Premier League matches to ensure United miss out.


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