Jose Mourinho offered Real Madrid defender Rafael Varane a bumper deal to join Manchester United.

According to Spanish broadcaster Cope, Mourinho called Varane and said he was prepared to hand him a £8.5m-per-year contract, more than double what he currently earns at the Bernabeu.

It is claimed Varane, 23, then discussed the situation with Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane and decided to stay put.

Varane reportedly also told the club he would not use United’s interest to bag an improved contract.

Mourinho was in charge at Real Madrid when Varane joined from Lens in 2011. He described the France international as one of the three best young players in the world in 2014.

In the absence of Pepe, Raphael Varane proved that he is preparing to stake a claim at Real Madrid with an impressive start to the new La Liga campaign.

The France international returned to action after a lengthy injury, appearing stronger than in previous seasons during Los Blancos’ opening weekend 3-0 victory over Real Sociedad.

With Pepe returning from Euro 2016 later than his Los Blancos team mates, Varane is intent on forcing his way into Zinedine Zidane’s first-team plans.

Leaving the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu had previously appeared a certainty for the 23-year-old after he struggled for game time due to injury and Pepe’s partnership with Sergio Ramos at the heart of Real’s defence.

A hamstring injury ended his hopes of featuring in both the Champions league final and his country’s run to the final of Euro 2016 this summer.

On the other hand, since taking charge at Old Trafford earlier this summer, Mourinho has been busy revamping his defensive options.

Ivory Coast international Eric Bailly joined from Villarreal for £30m in June while Southampton’s  Jose Fonte remains a target.

Stoke target Phil Jones has been told he has a future at Old Trafford despite being excluded from Mourinho’s first squads while Marcos Rojo is available for sale.



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