Former Manchester United right back Guillermo Varela revealed to Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet that the club’s monetary demands threw off Real Madrid when they wanted to make a move for him.
The Uruguyan joined United from Penarol in 2013 – a move he claims made him Sir Alex Ferguson’s final signing before he retired.
“I was Ferguson’s last purchase. It’s a little special to think about,” he said.
“I travelled to Manchester. The atmosphere was good. They had already won the league, although four games were still left in the [2012/13] season.
“The two weeks were a dream. I couldn’t believe I was really there and training with Ferdinand, Giggs, Van Persie, Scholes and all the others.
“I couldn’t say a word in English, but the Spanish-speaking players like Antonio Valencia and Javier Hernández and the Brazilian twins Rafael and Fábio helped me a lot,” he recounted.
Varela also narrated how his loan stint at Real Madrid Castilla resulted in what he thought was a formal bid from the Spanish club, but that the move fell through because United were asking too much money for a player who wouldn’t be playing in the first team.
“As I heard, Real Madrid submitted a bid with Manchester United. But United demanded far too much money compared to only having to play for the B team. So Real Madrid weren’t willing to pay,” he said.
(Quotes R/T Sportwitness)