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Chelsea might be in for a difficult task to sign Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid as Jose Mourinho has finally opened up on why he missed signing the 24-year-old Real Madrid striker for Manchester United.

United dumped their move for Morata and hijacked Chelsea’s bid to sign Romelu Lukaku, prompting Chelsea’s renewed interest in Morata.

Mourinho was asked by reporters during his side’s pre-season tour of the US why they had to dump a move for Morata and he revealed that Real Madrid’s price for Morata was outrageous.

“I don’t like to speak about players who aren’t ours, because Morata is not our player,” he said.

“I am nobody to speak about players from Real Madrid.

“Yes, we have had interest, that’s obvious and it’s public. We’ve not come to an economic agreement, that’s obvious as well.

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

“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.

“I don’t 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. It’s simple.”

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