Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has insisted that no offer has been made by Manchester United for striker Alvaro Morata this summer.
The Spaniard’s agent Juanma Lopez revealed that Morata, who only made 19 starts last season, was keen on moving elsewhere to find more game time and labelled Old Trafford as a “very interesting option”.
Reports have claimed that Jose Mourinho, keen on finding a Zlatan Ibrahimovic replacement, had reached an agreement with the 24-year-old, with the only obstacle being the two clubs deciding on a fee.
However Perez, speaking at a press conference on Monday, claimed that no offer had been made for Morata.
“I do not think he’s going to leave at all,” he insisted. “Nobody wants Morata to leave.”
“I have not talked to him or his father. We are happy. I read there is an agreement for €75m, but there is nothing.”
These comments, whilst superficially disappointing for Man United supporters, are reflective of just how out of touch Perez – one of the more dictatorial presidents around, we shall say – really is when it comes to some of his players.
“We are happy”. That’s great, Florentino, I’d probably be quite happy if I had a net worth of $2.2bn too, but what about Morata? Is he happy?
Clearly not. With just 44 starts in four years, Morata craves regular football, and would be miserable if he does have to stay at the Bernabeu for another year.