Lazio defender Jordan Lukaku has revealed he turned down the chance to join Watford as he didn’t think they would help him get in the Belgium squad for the European Championships.
Lukaku is currently on loan with Antwerp in Belgium, having joined them in the summer after finding himself out of favour at Lazio.
At the time he was heavily linked with a move to England, with Leeds, Wolves and Watford all named as potential destinations for the 26-year-old.
Lukaku later revealed this to be true, explaining how Lazio had tried to send him to England and particularly Watford.
That is something he pushed against, instead employing the services of his brother Romelu Lukaku and his various contacts to engineer a move back to Belgium instead.
He’s now commented again on why he turned down the move to the Championship, explaining it was simply a case of which was best for his international aspirations.
“For me, Antwerp was more interesting than Watford,” he told Sport/Foot Magazine, relayed by Walfoot.
“Here I play in the first division, in the European cup, my chances of being called up for the national team are better than if I were playing in the Championship.”