Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku has revealed that
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted him to remain at Old
The Belgium international joined Inter a few days before the start of the 2019/20 season as he pushed for a transfer from the Red
In an interview on Youtube with Arsenal legend Ian Wright, Lukaku admits that he did not have the energy to stay
"One bad year can happen to everybody in their career.
It was just done for me. You know what happened behind the scenes, it was just
done. For me it was done," he said as quoted by Sky Sports.
"It was a difficult situation where for myself I had to
make a decision where I have to go somewhere where I can learn other aspects of
my game and work with somebody that wanted me as well.
"Ole wanted me to stay, but I told him I was over. I
didn't have the energy. All credit to him because he's been a man and he helped
me make the move away."
The 26-year-old says that he harbours no hatred for any of
the managers or clubs he played for in England and believes Solskjaer is doing things the right way to get United back to the top.
"They're going the right way because they're bringing
in the right players," Lukaku said.
"Ole is doing a good job and the results are going for
them. I'm wishing them nothing but the best.
"It's a club that gave me a platform that I've never
seen in my life, so for me to be disrespectful about Man U or any other club I
played for in England I think is a bit childish.
"I think I went past that stage of talking back to
Lukaku admitted that he could have easily joined Juventus instead
of Inter Milan, but his heart was set in following his idols footsteps - Adriano
"It was close. It was really close, but my mind was
always set on Inter… and the manager," Lukaku said.
"When I was a kid, Inter was my team in Italy. I looked
up to Adriano and Ronaldo.
"Obviously when Inter came, the club, the manager Conte
that wanted me at Chelsea and when he was at Juve as well, I was like now it's
time to go over there and see what it's like, but just keep my head down and
- Compiled by Tashreeq Vardien