Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

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

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

The Red Devils boss admitted for the first time out here in Los Angeles that he did try to buy the Real Madrid striker. I cannot criticize Real Madrid and nor can I criticize the board at United.

"I would not like to be in [chief executive] Ed Woodward's position negotiating because everything is really hard", Mourinho told reporters ahead of United's first pre-season friendly against MLS side LA Galaxy.

Real have been unable to find a buyer for James Rodriguez, instead agreeing to loan the Colombian midfielder to Bayern Munich earlier this month.

"We have players that belong to the squad but can not play for the next few months; Marcus Rojo, Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, Zlatan if he stays so we still need two more players I would say, at least one".

"Real Madrid are well within their rights to ask whatever fee they want for their players".

The Italian is eager to add the 24-year-old to his squad although the two clubs are yet to reach a financial agreement.

"They've identified for a long time that his development at Juventus, his training at Madrid and the fact that he's a consistent trophy victor at a very young age, meant that they thought he was the right player". Matic is a Chelsea player and we have to respect the player, the club, the owner, the manager.

"We do not determine what the price is of a player of Real Madrid, Real Madrid do that and we didn't arrive at an agreement with Real Madrid".

One of Chelsea's star players is said to be desperate to reunite with Jose Mourinho as he reportedly wants to join Manchester United.

Schmeichel has established himself as one of the top keepers in the Premier League over the last three seasons, and was a key part of the Leicester side that won the Premier League title in the 2015/16 season.

'(We made) offers we thought were fair and yet no agreement was reached'.

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