[Video] Lukaku Explains Chelsea Snub After Completing Medical Ahead Of Man Utd Move
Romelu Lukaku has explained why he snubbed a move to Chelsea in favour of Manchester United after completing his medical ahead of his switch to Old Trafford
Managers are now pressing ahead with their plans for the summer transfer window so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip from around the globe. Today, Romelu Lukaku opens up on his move to Man Utd…
Romelu Lukaku has explained why he snubbed a move to Chelsea in favour of Manchester United after completing his medical ahead of his switch to Old Trafford, according to ESPN FC.
Lukaku’s future has been up in the air since he turned down the chance to sign a new contract at Goodison Park and the Belgian international has been strongly linked with both Chelsea and United in recent weeks.
The 24-year-old was initially tipped to re-join Chelsea but United soon moved in to pole position and the Red Devils announced on ManUtd.com on Saturday morning that a deal had been agreed with Everton.
No precise details of the deal were revealed but Sky Sports News claim United will pay an initial £75m up front with a further £15m coming in additional add ons while the Manchester giants will also waive any fee to allow Wayne Rooney to complete his move back to Merseyside.
The news outlet also claimed that Chelsea made a late attempt to derail the move after informing Everton they were prepared to match United’s offer but Lukaku had already made up his mind to head to Old Trafford.
The striker has now been speaking for the first since a deal was agreed and Lukaku has revealed that despite Chelsea’s late attempts to hijack the move, he was determined to join United as he feels it’s the ‘perfect’ opportunity to join the ‘biggest club in the world’.
You can watch the interview with ESPN here or read some quotes below.
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Lukaku told ESPN:
“This is an opportunity that I’ve always wanted since I was a child. When [Manchester United] came calling, I didn’t have to think twice. So I’m really delighted to hopefully be part of their history.”
“My mind was already set. I gave my word, and I don’t look back. I didn’t look back since, and I was already mentally preparing to be part of the team.”
When asked what he will say to those who question why he opted to join United over the Premier League champions, Lukaku said:
“I would say, ‘Who would say no to the biggest club in the world? Best stadium in England. The best fans. This is the perfect opportunity. I always said I wanted to play for a team that’s challenging for every trophy that there is.
“I think Manchester United at the minute wants to be the dominant team, that dominant force. If you look at their history, it says enough. To become part of a club like them is something that I really wanted. I’m thankful for the opportunity that they gave me.
“Now it’s time to work hard, work harder than I ever did before. I’m willing to do it. Hopefully, it will come a good way.”
Lukaku has been holidaying in the United States with good friend and soon-to-be team mate Paul Pogba and he explained that the midfielder played a key role in his decision to join United. The Belgian hitman also revealed
“I’ve been talking to [Pogba] for about seven or eight years. And now he’s living in Manchester. I live in Manchester. He lives like down the road from where I live, so we’re together on a daily basis.
“He was explaining to me how it went at the club, and it triggered something in my head. When the opportunity came, I didn’t have to think twice. I’m really excited.
“All of [the Man United players]. I think they’re all top players, a good group of guys that is hungry to win trophies.
“And to play in front of those fans, everything is set there to perform. But, you know, I have to work harder than I’m doing now. I know the road is still far, but I’m willing to go on that path and grab the opportunity that I get.”
ESPN claim that Lukaku has now successfully completed his medical tests in Los Angeles and is expected to be formally unveiled as a Man Utd player on Monday.
So it looks as though Jose Mourinho is set to get his hands on a new striker, which has been a priority since Zlatan Ibrahimovic left the club at the end of last season.
Lukaku is still not the finished article but he’s developed in to one of the best strikers in the Premier League and enhanced that reputation by scoring 26 goals for Everton last year so I think he’ll be an excellent signing for United.
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