Scoring a hat-trick against Gibraltar in Belgium’s 9-0 rout against the European minnows, Romelu Lukaku was a happy man.
After all, who can blame him? His season so far has gone exactly to plan, helping his new side, Manchester United, win their first three games, scoring three out of their 10 goals, and getting the big move he always dreamt about.
However, towards the end of the summer, the Red Devils put a bit more pressure on him by re-signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with the Swede expected to return from his knee injury during the second half of the season.
On Friday morning, the Belgian striker was interviewed by the local press, and asked whether or not he was worried about the legendary forward’s return.
Relayed by DH, he said: “Not at all. Here (with Belgium), I’m not scared, so why should I be with my club? I think Zlatan will bring us a lot. I think he has one mission, and that is to win the Premier League, and we’re going to help him reach his goal”.
Admitting he was now playing under the manager he wanted to be coached by since he was 11 (José Mourinho), the 23-year-old was then asked about the state of the transfer window, which saw Paris Saint-Germain shell out around €400m on two players.
Towards the end, one of the journalists asked Lukaku how much his clause at Manchester United was.
His answer? “I don’t have one, but I’m very happy. I hope I stay there for a very long time”.
As for how much he’ll go in the future if he ever leaves Old Trafford? “I’m not going to leave”.
Ever? “I’m happy over there. Manchester United is a big club”.