Ferguson was convinced he’d win the race. And, had it not been a phone call from Zidane, he likely would have done.
Speaking in 2015, Varane revealed that a conversation with the current Los Blancos boss, who was assistant to Jose Mourinho at the time, saw him reject Old Trafford for the Bernabeu.
“Zidane called me and I asked him to call me back because I was studying for my baccalaureate,” he said.
“It’s my relaxed nature that made me react like that. You have to be care-free to deal with so many things at such a young age.
“But to be honest, after that call, my mind was elsewhere; it was hard to focus on revising!
“It was the craziest period of my life: I was getting ready for the baccalaureate, the phone was ringing off the hook, I visited the Real facilities, I met Alex Ferguson… Just imagine, I was doing exams and signing autographs for other students.