Former Real Madrid and Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said if he was at Real Madrid, he would try and tie down reported Manchester United target Alvaro Morata to the football club.

"These are decisions for the players. If I were the Real Madrid coach I would like him to stay. He is a senior Spain international and Madrid should never let go the best players," Del Bosque told Spanish radio El Transistor On Thursday.

Morata scored 20 goals despite not featuring in the starting XI of Real regularly last season. United are keen to buy him according to reports. Real president Florentino Perez has denied that any formal negotiations with United have taken place.

Del Bosque also commented on Cristiano Ronaldo wanting to leave Real after getting involved in a tax fraud case.

Ronaldo, blessed with twin boys recently after failing to guide Portugal to the FIFA Confederations Cup final, will have to appear before a Spanish court on July 31 to answer to an alleged tax fraud.

"On a footballing level it is clear that Real Madrid would lose a huge amount (were Ronaldo to leave)," Del Bosque said. 

"The other question is still to be seen, and whether it is about an interpretation or not, everyone has to pay (their taxes)," he added.