“I have to go” – Player tells club he wants Manchester United move

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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has claimed Raphael Varane pushed through his Real Madrid departure with Manchester United now poised to announce his imminent arrival.

The 28 year old Real Madrid defender is now close to joining Manchester United.

Ferdinand said on his ‘Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE’ YouTube channel: “What a signing. There’s been talk in the transfer market since it opened up – it must have come from the player.

“He must have wanted to leave, and be part of the new Man United way, the project that’s going ahead.

“With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signing a new deal, Sancho coming in – the talent they’ve got there, the ability to play alongside (Harry) Maguire after he did so well at the Euros probably played a part. I just think he sees this as a better project than what he’s got at Real Madrid now.

“When you watch him sometimes he almost purrs, he’s got that pace, that poise. We’ve signed a genuine world-class centre back. His list of honours is ridiculous, it’s as long as my arm.

“It’s a great job by the (recruitment) people at Manchester United. United have been criticised in the past, and rightly so, for dilly-dallying in the market.

“This one they were assertive, they went for their man and they got him. No doubt in my mind, he would have said to Real Madrid ‘I need it, I want it, I have to go.'”