'Solskjaer has my eternal respect': Romelu Lukaku reveals Ole's part in his United exit
- Rom swapped United for Inter Milan in August.
- The Belgian decided to quit England in March.
- Solskjaer wanted to keep the striker at Old Trafford but accepted his willingness to try something new.
In an interview with Belgian outlet Het Belang van Limburg, Romelu Lukaku has revealed he decided to leave United in March 2019. At first Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to keep the Belgian at Old Trafford. The Norwegian eventually let him join Inter Milan in August - something Rom is grateful for.
“Solskjaer has my eternal respect. He understood me when I said in March that it was time for me to leave England,” the 26-year-old said as cited by Sport Witness.
“I have been in the Premier League as an 18-year-old boy and now I am 26. Solskjaer wanted to keep me, but I was ready for something new.”
Lukaku spent two seasons at Old Trafford before moving to the Giuseppe Meazza in a £58.5million deal. He's netted 9 goals in 15 outings for the Serie A giants this term.
“I have had a good relationship with trainer Antonio Conte for three years and I know exactly what he expects of me,” the Belgium international added on the start to his Serie A career. “The first two weeks at Inter I worked very hard with the group and when my teammates got some rest, I trained individually.
“Thanks to my football intelligence, I integrated easily. We play in a system with two strikers and that suits me. Anyway, I already knew my teammates in advance.”
Lukaku's record at United:
- Appearances - 96
- Goals - 42
- Assists - 13
Will United eventually regret letting Lukaku leave?