Ander Herrera: I wanted Alvaro Morata as a team-mate at Manchester United

Speaking about the squad, Herrera claims he never had any intention of leaving United. "I also feel valued by United and I'm focused on them", he said. "I prefer to have him with me, so I will do everything possible to have him here".

"I even started to think I'd be playing with Morata".

Last week a number of reports in England claimed that Manchester United still expect Real Madrid to reignite their interest in the keeper before the end of the current transfer window.

The news will come as another bitter blow to Antonio Conte, who has now seen striker Diego Costa mock him on social media - while wearing an Atletico Madrid shirt.

Morata is clear in his understanding that he is not first choice under Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid. "It is a pity he is not with us, but he is a top striker and will be a success wherever he is".

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It looked set in stone that Morata was to join Man Utd just a couple of weeks ago - with United and Real a mere £5m apart in their respective valuations of the player - but United then opted to complete a £75m deal for Romelu Lukaku from Everton instead.

"It looks hard for Alvaro Morata to wear a United shirt with the arrival of Romelu", Mata said.

Mourinho suggested Lukaku's Premier League experience and his personal relationship with the player from their time together at Chelsea were the primary reasons United sought to buy the Belgium global, the club also having been strongly linked with a deal for Antoine Griezmann before Atletico Madrid's transfer ban nixed the Frenchman's exit. "Things can happen in the last few days [of the transfer window] and I always wish Alvaro the best".

Real Madrid tried to unload James Rodríguez this summer, but they couldn't find any takers.

"I believe [De Gea] is going to stay [at United]", Mata said.

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