"Manchester came to me, they talked with my agent, but nothing happened, because Chelsea would not negotiate me in any way and I'm very happy at Chelsea. Each one has his merits".
It was a gilt-edged opportunity, coming moments after Isco had doubled Madrid's lead.
And finally, reports in Spain suggest Manchester City has made an enquiry about whether Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets would be available to buy this summer, according to Manchester Evening News.
But there was something going on. They had a period of dominance in the middle of the first half. The player himself has revealed it in an interview with Goal Brasil this Wednesday, saying it's true that Manchester United went after him. Lukaku's United career is not off to a perfect start, but it is off to a scoring one. Jose Mourinho claimed the midfielder was "available but not as available as the others" in his pre-match comments, yet he started him, trusting the Serbian ahead of Marouane Fellaini. "It was certainly a position that Manchester United as a team needed to strengthen, and they've gone and done it with Matic". Still, Matic atoned by inadvertently assisting Lukaku after his own shot was parried by Navas.
As with all of these players, it remains too early to judge Victor Lindelof as he beds into life at Manchester United and the Swede deserves time to settle.
New transfers may have an immediate impact or look like a flop from the start.
"Conte is a fantastic coach too, because he won everything at Juventus and has already won the Premier League in his first year with Chelsea".
"There are a lot of variables that aren't easy but from the outside, it does seem strange to let that player go to a direct rival - and he will improve them". Everyone has their way of working. Slow when needing to come out at meet Gareth Bale, he allowed the ball to be slipped in behind and was busy looking for the linesman's flag while Isco applied the finish. Time is very much still on his side.
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