Manchester United defender target Raphael Varane has stressed that he does not have to leave Lens this summer.
The 18-year-old French defender has emerged on the radar of a number of clubs this summer, with reports earlier in the week that the Red Devils had tabled a bid for the young centre back.
Whilst the claims appear to have been unfounded, Sir Alex Ferguson is a known admirer of the player, and whilst Varane is aware of the interest from clubs like Manchester United, he's adamant he doesn't have to move for the sake of it this summer.
"I know I have the choice. I can move abroad or I could join another club in Ligue 1 [France's top division]," said Varane.
"What interests me is playing regularly, so I have to think carefully and go to a club that will allow me to progress."
TalkSPORT now claims that Real Madrid have joined the race for the player, and that the Spanish giants are preparing a bid for the player in an effort to 'hijak' Manchester United and their pursuit of the player.
Sources in France claim Jose Mourinho has offered assurances that Varane will feature heavily in first team activities, and it's unknown if Manchester United will be able to make the same promises.
With Phil Jones arriving at Old Trafford for a reported £20 million, competition for a starting spot will be fierce at Manchester United with Chris Smalling also looking to challenge Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
Varane is recognised as one of the future stars of French football, and Manchester United will be braced for a transfer battle if they wish to bring him to the club this summer.