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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Morata's awkward LA situation

Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata. Photo: PA Wire
Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata. Photo: PA Wire

Alvaro Morata will get a glimpse of what might have been as Real Madrid and Manchester United share the same pre-season facilities in Los Angeles.

Romelu Lukaku completed his big-money move to Old Trafford on Monday as Jose Mourinho's men swooped under the radar to snaffle the striker amid Chelsea's advances.

For much of the summer the Belgium international appeared destined for a return to Stamford Bridge, with Morata heading to United to fill the void left by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Chelsea, spurned by Lukaku, is a possible destination for Morata, but first comes a trip to the United States after being included in 26-man squad heading on Real Madrid's pre-season tour.

Zinedine Zidane's side landed in LA yesterday and, perhaps awkwardly for Morata, will be training a stone's throw from United, who are also using the facilities at UCLA this summer.

Mourinho's men have been at Drake Stadium since arriving in California, while Champions League winners Madrid will begin training today within 200 metres of United at the college's North Athletic Field.

The teams will meet in the UEFA Super Cup next month as well as in the International Champions Cup on July 23, but whether Morata is still at the club by the time they meet in the Levi's Stadium friendly is another matter.

The Red Devils' first match of a hectic pre-season comes against the LA Galaxy on Saturday after a week of hard work on and off the field.

While Mourinho drills his troops Stateside, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has yet to join the travelling group as he works behind the scenes trying to buy the likes of Nemanja Matic and Eric Dier.

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