Romelu Lukaku’s response when asked if he would swap Man United for Juventus
The Manchester United striker opens the door to a potential move to Juventus in the future
Romelu Lukaku has risked the wrath of Manchester United supporters after the Belgium striker refused to rule out a potential move to Juventus in the future.
The 25-year-old has been uninspiring in the opening months of the Premier League season but the powerful striker has retained the support of his under-fire manager Jose Mourinho.
The Manchester United number nine made a brisk start to the campaign with four goals in five games in August but Lukaku failed to maintain his prolific run.
Lukaku hasn’t found the net in his last six games in all competitions, which has undoubtedly contributed to Manchester United’s run of two victories in their last six outings.
The former Everton forward, who is the second most expensive signing in Manchester United’s history, will be hoping to end that drought when he faces his former club Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Lukaku’s form has come in spits and spurts throughout his Red Devils career so far, but his reputation has remained intact following a strong showing at the World Cup in Russia in the summer.
While there hasn’t been any transfer speculation suggesting Lukaku could move to the Serie A champions, the Belgian star is set to face the Italian giants twice in four weeks in their next two Champions League fixtures.
Asked whether Lukaku would be interested in a potential move to Juventus in the future given the Turin side’s ambitious plans for the future, the Manchester United striker told Gazzetta dello Sport, as quoted by Sky Sports:
“Why not? I hope it happens.”
Lukaku added: “Juve have a great project in place and they just keep going. Every year they try to get stronger.
“Without doubt, Juve are one of the two or three best teams in Europe. They’ve got a great coach on the bench and extraordinary players in every area of the team.
“Cristiano Ronaldo stands out, but watch out for the others too. Paulo Dybala is already impressive and getting stronger, while I love Douglas Costa.”
Juventus signed Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer after the Portugal international decided to call time on his spell at Real Madrid.
Lukaku would have a difficult time holding down a spot in the Juve team given the competition for places amongst Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic and Douglas Costa.
Romelu Lukaku’s career in goals
Anderlecht (2008-12): 41 goals in 98 appearances
Chelsea FC (2012-14): 0 goals in 15 appearances
West Brom (2012-13): 17 goals in 38 appearances
Everton (2013-17): 87 goals in 166 appearances
Manchester United (2017-current): 31 goals in 62 appearances