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10 July 2017

Manchester United signing Romelu Lukaku reveals he told his mum he would play at Old Trafford one day

ROMELU LUKAKU used to drive past Old Trafford regularly with his mum.

And before sealing a £75million switch, he told her he would represent Manchester United at the famous stadium.

Romelu Lukaku claims he told his mum he would play for United one day
Romelu Lukaku claims he told his mum he would play for United one day
Wayne Rooney headed the other way after Lukaku's £75million switch
Wayne Rooney headed the other way after Lukaku’s £75million switch
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Speaking to MUTV, the towering Belgian – who will wear the No9 shirt – said: “I live in Manchester so I pass Old Trafford many times when I want to go to the city centre.

“One night I said to my mum that I would play there one day. I thought so. I had a certain feeling. It was just the stadium.

“When you pass it, I am driving but I am looking at the stadium the whole time. Every time when I played against Man United, every time I came onto the pitch, I just felt like a child.

“You can see the atmosphere, the fans. It was just a blessing and I can’t wait to play my first game over there. I am really excited for that.”

Lukaku was wanted by Everton and Chelsea this summer
Lukaku was wanted by Everton and Chelsea this summer
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Mourinho sold Lukaku to Everton but is now a big fan of the Belgian
Mourinho sold Lukaku to Everton but is now a big fan of the Belgian
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Lukaku, 24, has spent the last two summers with close pal Paul Pogba in the US.

And the former Everton and Chelsea striker explained that the Frenchman played a huge role in getting him to Old Trafford.

He added: “Paul played a big role… he’s my neighbour so he’d explain how things were going on a daily basis.

“I wanted my agent and my former club to make the deal happen before pre-season so I could get to know the players.”

Paul Pogba and Romalu Lukaku celebrate strikers move to Manchester United

He will reunite with former Blues boss Jose Mourinho at United after the Portuguese let him leave for Stamford Bridge in 2014.

And Lukaku added: “We were together under different circumstances. The first time I met him I was still a young kid and I was eager to play.

“And he understood my decision why I left at the time.

Romelu Lukaklu had a feeling he would play for United one day
Romelu Lukaklu had a feeling he would play for United one day
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“Now I’m 24. I’m a grown man. He sees the maturity that has grown throughout the years, so I’m really thankful for the opportunity he gave me again.

“He is a guy who I wanted to play for since I was ten years old, so now to have the opportunity to work under him again is great.

“He explained what the club is like, what he expects from me.

“Jose wants to improve me, make me a better player, which is good. I always want to improve.

“He knows how to make players better — and make players winners. It’s the perfect opportunity.

“I’ve never won a major trophy but I’m eager to win something and to be part of a team that wins trophies. Jose Mourinho’s the right guy to help me in that.”


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