Jose Mourinho breaks silence on Manchester United's failed Alvaro Morata transfer

Faith Castro
July 15, 2017

The Spain global was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer and it was believed they had agreed personal terms with the 24-year-old.

It's no secret that United and Real were negotiating about Morata this summer, but they just couldn't hammer out a deal.

"It's not my position to talk about a player who isn't in my team - and nor about a Real Madrid player".

Jose Mourinho discussed the prospect of signing Nemanja Matic while admitting Man Utd "need at least one more player'. Nor one from Real Madrid", Mourinho replied when asked about the club's interest in the 24-year old.

Mourinho said: "Yes, we have had interest, that is obvious and it's public".

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He said: "I can't say any word about a player who is a Chelsea player, it's hard it's the same with Morata, we have to respect the player, the club, the owner, the manager, I don't want to be disrespectful". We do not determine what the price is of a player of Real Madrid, Real Madrid do that. "It's understandable", Mourinho said from United's training camp at UCLA in Los Angeles ahead of the pre-season firiendly with LA Galaxy on Sunday.

"I do not criticise Madrid and I am not going to criticise my board because my board has made the offer, and they have tried to reach an agreement during a time, and they didn't come to an agreement".

United have paid £75million to sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton and brought in Benfica defender Victor Lindelof for £30.8m plus add-ons, while the club failed with a bid to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata and allowed injured forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic to leave at the end of his contract.

Premier League champions Chelsea are reportedly holding on to Serbia global Matic until they complete the signing of Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, which is believed to be close. However, the Old Trafford club were successful in beating the Blues in signing the Premier League striker.

Transfer market expert Graham Hunter says striker Alvaro Morata should sign for Chelsea this summer.

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