Romelu Lukaku has revealed why he signed for Manchester United and Jose Mourinho last summer from Everton instead of returning to his former-club Chelsea.
The Belgian was part of a stretched-out transfer saga in the summer window, with Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata also being considered by both Man United and Chelsea. The pair faced off, Lukaku in red and Morata in blue, on Sunday as Mourinho’s side beat the Premier League champions 2-1.
Lukaku notched a goal with a composed finish from close range before setting up Jesse Lingard to head home a winner with wonderful footwork and an accurate cross.
He was expected to join Chelsea, after a few years away from Stamford Bridge at Everton, and reuniting with Mourinho, the manager who sold him for the London club, was a surprise.
“When I make a choice, it’s with my head and my heart,” Lukaku revealed.
The 24-year-old claimed his choice has been vindicated.
“I made the right choice for me. I’m with a manager and players who push me every day,” Lukaku continued.
“I’m playing for the biggest club in the world, but not only that, I want to win trophies.”
Mourinho and United’s playing squad clearly had an influence on Lukaku’s decision. Already good friends with French midfielder Paul Pogba, Lukaku is enjoying life in Manchester and performing well.
He cannot yet be considered a world-class centre-forward, but a return of 23 goals already this season is good. His hold-up play has vastly improved in the last three months and at 24, he is far from the finished article.