Mourinho admits defeat in pursuit of Morata

Date published: Sunday 16th July 2017 11:01

Jose Mourinho says that Manchester United’s pursuit of Alvaro Morata is over.

United signed Romelu Lukaku last week, but some reports had suggested that they could still sign Morata as a further attacking addition to the squad.

However, Mourinho ruled that out, saying that Real Madrid do not want to sell the player.

“He belongs to Madrid,” said former Real boss Mourinho. “Madrid have decided and we have not come to an agreement. It is simple. It is a shame.

“He is a player who made it to the first team with me. We have a special liking for him, he is someone special. I enjoyed watching his evolution at Juventus and Madrid.

“It is like that. I don’t think he can end with us.”

Instead Morata is training just metres away from the team he could have joined given Madrid and United are sharing facilities at UCLA.

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