France international Raphael Varane expressed his excitement in joining Manchester United from Real Madrid in a £42.7m deal. Varane, who was introduced to the United fans at Old Trafford before their season opener against Leeds United will wear the number 19 shirt.
Speaking to United’s official website Varane said he was excited to start a new journey in his career at Old Trafford. He added “I’m very happy and very excited to start this new journey for me. It was a very good adventure with my old club, but now it’s a new start for me and I’m very happy to be here.”
The defender revealed Sir Alex Fergusson had visited to his mother’s house in 2011 to sign him back then. “There had been a lot of rumours and a lot of people speaking about me and Manchester United since 2011, when Sir Alex Ferguson came to my mother’s house. When it was real, that was when I spoke with my club, and I felt it was a real opportunity to play in the Premier League for Manchester United.”
On asked about the reason to join Manchester United, Varane said “I think it was a good moment because of a lot of things, but I think the most important one is it’s a new challenge and it’s a big motivation to start in a new league in a big club like Manchester United. This opportunity was amazing for me, so I chose this change for me and my family. They have come with me. You feel when things are a good moment and this was the right moment.“
Speaking on discussions with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the defender said “Yes, of course. It was very important for me to know exactly about the philosophy and what the challenges and objectives are, and the ambitions – that was very important for me. And I feel a real determination and an ambition to work very hard and to try to do everything that is possible to win trophies. That motivates me.”
Discussing about his France teammate Paul Pogab, he said “I think Paul is very positive and he has a very good energy; he motivates players in the dressing room and on the pitch with his energy. We are different but we are very complementary, and it’s important in the team to have different types of leaders and characters.”
“I’m very happy. I’ve known him for a very long time, we started together with the French national team and he’s a great player. I think he’s ambitious and me too, so we are ready to work hard and to do all we can to win trophies.”
Source: Manchester United