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When Jose Mourinho beat Chelsea to the signing of Romelu Lukaku from Everton, little did he know that he paved the way for Chelsea to sign Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.

Just last week, Mourinho  admitted to having a “special liking” for the 24-year-old striker, but as the deal fell through, he has chosen to leak his wounds.

Speaking in Houston about Chelsea’s signing of Morata, Mourinho said: “I am not interested in what Chelsea Football Club does, really. We needed a striker, yes. We needed with Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) in his best conditions, we needed one to give cover, to give options.

“Him and Marcus (Rashford) was not enough and especially after Zlatan’s injury.

“We got a big player – a player that I can compare with what he was a few years ago because he worked with me a few months four or five years ago.

“His development was very, very good, so we think we have a player that is now a top player in Europe.

“He has to prove it at the highest level, there is always that point. Now he has to do it for Manchester United, in Champions League matches but I think he has amazing qualities.

“I think it was obvious Chelsea would sign a striker, especially after the situation with the manager and Diego (Costa).

“It was clear that they were going to get a striker, they did it with Alvaro and Alvaro is a very good player for them.”

Surely, the special one didn’t see this special deal coming for Chelsea.

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