Failure to land one key player could cost Man Utd their manager
- Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata may well have put his foot it in it again after talking about Real Madrid.
The £58million summer signing from Real last month said he could not see himself staying in London long-term and now the Spain forward has claimed a return to the Spanish capital is in his thinking.
Moata, 25, has been quoted on a Spanish radio show saying he would certainly consider returning to Real Madrid in the future.
When asked if he would return to Madrid, he told El Larguero: “Of course I would return. After winning everything at Chelsea and having a great career there, it’s very difficult for one who is a madridista to say no.
“Sincerely, I don’t think that [will] happen, but you never know. I don’t even consider it because I am very happy in London.” The Spain international left Real Madrid for the second time in his career earlier this year when he joined Chelsea in a club-record deal.
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Manchester United’s failure to sign Ivan Perisic this summer has been touted as just one major factor behind Jose Mourinho’s discontent at Old Trafford..
The Portuguese coach is approaching the midpoint of the three-year deal he signed at United as Louis van Gaal’s successor, but talks are yet to begin over a new deal.
In recent weeks it has been claimed that PSG are plotting a summer move to appoint Mourinho as their manager, with the United boss one of six candidates to replace Unai Emery, according to a report.
And it’s suggested Mourinho could be heavily tempted by the move to Paris after becoming frustrated with United’s transfer policies, sparked initially by the failure to land all four of his summer targets.
Inter Milan winger Perisic was one of four major targets the Red Devils boss wanted in the summer. While Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku were brought in fairly quickly, Mourinho was forced to wait longer than he’d hoped for to sign Nemanja Matic from Chelsea, while he was left totally frustrated over Perisic and United’s unwillingness to meet Inter’s £50m asking price.
United executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward believed Inter would be forced to sell the winger for the initial £37million United are thought to have offered due to financial fair play restrictions. However, the Serie A outfit remained unbowed and went on to pin the player down to an improved deal; thus dashing Mourinho and United’s hopes.
Conflicting reports on Mourinho’s
the summer as direct replacement for Diego Costa and he has hit the ground running with eight goals in 15 games for Antonio Conte’s men. He hit the headlines last month though when he cast doubt on his long-term future in the capital.
“I live in downtown Chelsea. London fascinates me with its multi-ethnicity, the coexistence of cultures and religions, but I do not see myself living here for very long. Too much, too much stress, too many metropolises,” Morata told future also cast doubts over where the Portuguese coach’s future lies.
ESPN claims Mourinho is seriously tempted by the chance to conquer another league, especially given Pep Guardiola and Manchester City look a serious threat to his title hopes this season. Sky Sports, however, insist that United remain relaxed about the situation and that Mourinho is carrying on as normal and planning for a long-term future at Old Trafford. However, Mourinho’s admission over his United future last month points to his departure sooner or later. “I have my contract that ends in May/June 2019, we are in October 2017, so I don’t know what to say,” Mourinho said.
“One day you say I am going to sign a five-year contract and the next day you say I am going to leave.
“The only thing that I said and is true and there was not misinterpretation of my words is I am not going to end my career at Manchester United.” Furthermore, Mourinho’s close friendship with PSG Sporting Director Antero Henrique has been cited as the ‘extra ingredient’ needed to lure him from United.
However, United’s biggest threat could be mounting claims of tension between himself and Woodward and his failure to land all four of his targets this summer. Duncan Castles, a reporter with the Sunday Times and Daily Record, last month claimed United face the very real prospect of losing Mourinho, citing Woodward as the major factor and pinpointing “unnecessarily bureaucratic and inefficient organisation at Old Trafford and United ‘s Carrington training base”. Gazzetta dello Sport.
The forward, who had a spell at Juventus before returning to Real last summer, then claimed the comments were “a problem of understanding”.
Speaking at a press conference at Stadio Olimpico, Morata said: “If Chelsea propose me 10 years (contract), probably I sign it.
“I’m very happy in this club, I’m very happy with the city, I’m very happy with everything in London.”