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The young defender left for the Spanish giants at the tender age of 18, but insisted that he always believed in himself and revealed how Mourinho played a part in his move

Raphael Varane has made it clear that he never had any doubts when he opted to leave Lens for Real Madrid in the summer of 2011.

Some questioned the 19-year-old's decision to join the Liga giants, but Varane has proven his critics wrong with a number of impressive performances in his first season at the Santiago Bernabeu side despite appearing in just a handful of games.

"My decision to sign for Madrid and move to La Liga might have looked like a suicide mission to some, but I knew where I wanted to go and why when I made my decision. I never had any doubts," Varane stated to Telefoot.

"Jose Mourinho's comments that he really wanted to work with me made the difference for me. This was instrumental in my decision to move to Real. Plus the guarantee that I would make a lot of progress just training at such a big club."

Varane made 15 appearances in all competitions for Madrid in the 2011-12 campaign.

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