Lukaku claims Solskjaer ‘wanted to keep’ him at Man Utd

Date published: Sunday 17th November 2019 1:34

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Romelu Lukaku has claimed that Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted him to stay at Old Trafford.

The 26-year-old ended his two-season stint at United on transfer deadline day, joining Inter in an 80 million euros (£73.75million) deal.

Lukaku has scored nine goals in 12 Serie A appearances for Inter Milan this season, while the whole Red Devils squad have only scored 16 in the Premier League.

Solskjaer has previously brushed off suggestions that the experience of Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez would have been useful and has no regrets at having sanctioned their switch to Inter.

But Lukaku claims that his former manager wanted to keep him at United this season.

“Solskjaer has my eternal respect. He understood me when I said in March that it was time for me to leave England,” Lukaku told Het Belang van Limburg (via Sport Witness).

“I have been in the Premier League as an 18-year-old boy and now I am 26. Solskjaer wanted to keep me, but I was ready for something new.”

On settling in at Inter Milan, Lukaku added: “I have had a good relationship with trainer Antonio Conte for three years and I know exactly what he expects of me.

“The first two weeks at Inter I worked very hard with the group and when my teammates got some rest, I trained individually.

“Thanks to my football intelligence, I integrated easily. We play in a system with two strikers and that suits me. Anyway, I already knew my teammates in advance.”

 

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