Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera lamented the club's failure to close a deal for Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata.
In quotes ran by The Mirror, the Spain international confessed that he thought a deal for Morata to move to Old Trafford was just a matter of time.
However, the Premier League side did not want to pay more than 65 million pounds, while Madrid wanted 79 million (90 million euros)
Herrera said he "even started to think I’d be playing with Morata. He was really close to signing. It’s a shame he’s not with us but he’s a top striker and will do well wherever he plays."
The former Athletic Club midfielder also spoke about his team-mate, goalkeeper David de Gea, who has once again been linked with a move to Madrid.
"He’s happy and I know this is going to sound repetitive because I always say the same by David is one of the few keepers who wins you points," he said. "I’m going to do everything I can to make sure he stays."