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Mourinho: It was Real Madrid’s right to demand the fee they wanted for Morata

Alvaro Morata was so close to becoming a

Manchester United player, yet negotiations between Real Madrid and the English club broke down when a fee could not be agreed upon.

Speaking about the discussions over Morata on Friday night, Jose Mourinho stated that it was justifiable for Real Madrid to hold out for the amount they wanted.

“We had interest, that is obvious and it’s public,” the United coach said during a press conference in Los Angeles, where Los Blancos are also training.

“We did not come to an economic agreement and that is obvious as well.

“But it is Real Madrid’s right to ask for the amount of money that they want for their players.

“We do not determine what the price is of a player of Real Madrid.

“I do not criticise Real Madrid and I am not going to criticise my board because my board made the offer and have tried to reach an agreement.

“They simply didn’t come to an agreement.”

Mourinho was also asked about the upcoming UEFA Super Cup clash against Morata’s employers, a fixture he is looking forward to.

“We are giants, like Real Madrid,” he said.

“There is nobody better to play against.”

That fixture takes place in Macedonia on August 8.

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