Real Madrid starlet Raphael Varane claims he never came close to joining Manchester United this summer and only considered offers from Spain and France reports skysports.com.
The highly rated 18-year-old defender commanded plenty of interest in the transfer window, with Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain also keen to sign Varane.
"It was sorted out very quickly with Real," Varane told L'Equipe. "At the start there was a lot of interest from Manchester [United], but in my mind there was only a choice between Paris and Real.
"The choice was simple in the end because the Paris shareholders wanted me, not the coach. If the coach had come to me and said, 'Here is my project for you', things might have been different.
"The arrival of the Qataris also made things messy and a little unclear."
Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson opted instead for England U21 international defender Phil Jones, who moved to Old Trafford from Blackburn Rovers for an initial fee of £16million.
His impressive performances in Denmark over the summer for Stuart Pearce's side in the European Championships gave Manchester United fans much reason for optimism - and everyone at Carrington is looking forward to see how he will progress in a Red shirt in 2011-12.
Varane meanwhile, explained further the reason behind his decision to move to the Spanish capital, saying the Bernabeu will be a great place to ply his trade for many years to come.
"Before I signed for Real, I met (Jose) Mourinho in Madrid," he continued. "He told me, 'If you come, it is to be a part of the group and not to go out on loan'. He was very clear and it is reassuring when Jose Mourinho tells you that.
"I am now looking to improve. I want to play as often as possible, but without rushing myself.
"I can't see myself being a part of the starting XI straight away. That is not possible. First of all I have to adapt."