Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has revealed it is his dream to one day play in Italy’s Serie A.
This comes after the forward admitted he came close to joining Italian champions Juventus in 2014.
Last season at Man Utd for Lukaku? Five things you need to know…
- In 2014, Romelu Lukaku was a Chelsea player when Juventus inquired about his services but he eventually joined Everton.
- Following success at Goodison Park – scoring 87 goals in 166 matches in all competitions – Lukaku joined United in 2017 for £75 million.
- To date, Lukaku has scored 42 goals in 95 games for United.
- However, with just 12 Premier League goals this season, the 25-year-old has drawn criticism for his poor form.
- Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince has urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to sell Lukaku this summer.
With United’s form far from ideal as they hunt down a place in the Premier League’s top four, Lukaku has perhaps spoken at the wrong moment about his future in professional football.
Speaking to reporters, the former West Bromwich Albion loanee admitted that he once came close to joining Juventus and despite the move failing to materialise, he still dreams of plying his trade on Italian soil.
Lukaku said: “In 2014 when I was leaving Chelsea, I could have joined Juventus.
“The Bianconeri had come forward, but something didn’t convince me. I said no and Everton acquired me, the next day [Antonio] Conte left the team.
“Playing in Italy would be a dream for me, I already know a few Italian words since my brother [left-back Jordan Lukaku] has been at Lazio for many years.
“At the moment I’m focused on the present, which is Man United and reaching fourth place which is the objective we set for the season.”
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“Obvious limitations” vs “would love him to stay”
Naturally, Lukaku’s comments have seen the Twitterverse come alive with negative opinions and frustrations hitting their stride.
Despite Lukaku admitting the aim was to finish in the top-four at the start of the season after finishing second last year, United fans have seemingly ignored that statement and taken swipe at his general form this season.
One person described the £75 million striker as having “obvious limitations” and went into detail in what those were.
Romelu Lukaku: Obvious limitations w. ball-control which handicap range of roles he can be deployed-in. If the goal is within range his first-touch can be lethal – needs steady supply of through-balls and/or crosses.
— Jack Dinan (@JackDinan) April 24, 2019
romelu lukaku has zero goals against top 6 clubs this season. $100MM super subs are not what they used to be.
— Aaron (@AaronLoooo) April 24, 2019
Can someone explain to me how Romelu Lukaku is playing premier league football?
— 소만 (@Soman_M7) April 24, 2019
Another hopes the Belgian can recapture his form and become the striker most United fans want him to be.
— larry alaye alaye kan (@larry63768990) April 25, 2019
And we’re assuming this isn’t meant in the positive tone it reads.
Romelu lukaku is the best striker in the world
— the irish man (@lazy_nut) April 24, 2019