Raphael Varane has admitted he was considering his future at Real Madrid this summer.
The French international was in hot demand after rumours began to circulate he might become available to purchase at some point this summer, with Jose Mourinho thought to be one of those closely following Varane's situation.
However, Varane has revealed that it was a conversation with Zinedine Zidane which had convinced him to stay at the Bernabeu.
The Real Madrid manager played a key role in Varane's decision to stick around and the 23-year-old is now expected to play a bigger part in the upcoming campaign.
The formidable partnership of Sergio Ramos and Pepe, alongside the young Frenchman's own injury problems, limited Varane's playing time last season.
In fact, the former Lens ace played 2,619 in the 2015/16 term, compared to 3,419 in the year prior, therefore it is understandable why he might have been slightly concerned about his role in the squad.
Nevertheless, talks with his manager have clarified where his immediate future lies.
Varane told reporters: "Real Madrid are the best place for me to continue my career.
"I trust the club and I trust the coach. I have spoken with him a lot and he has faith in me. Zidane's presence is one of the reasons behind my decision to stay."
He continued: "I am feeling well at Madrid and want to keep developing here. All the conditions are right to get the best out of myself.
"I believe that staying put was the right call. I want to reach my best level this season. It was hard to miss the Euros due to injury, but I want to move on and look toward the future."
Putting your faith in Zidane is very conceivable, but trusting the club to keep him in charge is an entirely different matter.
Eight managers in ten years is enough to outline the lack of stability that has often overshadowed some of the club's biggest achievements in the last decade.
But Zidane's club legend status - enhanced by winning the Champions League back in May - will make any decision to sack him twice as hard, should it become necessary.
Now Varane has pledged his future to Zidane, he will be amongst those most desperate to see the manager avoid following the same lonely path as so many of his predecessors out of the Bernabeu exit.
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