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Lukaku: 'I made the right decision' to leave United

News24
24 Jan 2020, 22:13 GMT+10

Cape Town - Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku is convinced that he made the right decision to part ways with Manchester United.

The Belgium striker joined United from Chelsea for Pound 75 million in July 2017, scoring 42 goals over his two seasons at the club before moving to Inter Milan last summer.

Lukaku has been in superb form for Antonio Conte's side, scoring 18 goals to help the club launch a challenge for the Serie A title.

Those performances, and United's reported interest in signing a striker this month after Marcus Rashford's back injury, have raised questions as to the wisdom of allowing Lukaku to leave Old Trafford.

But, in an interview with , the 26-year-old says the decision was his and is convinced it was best for everyone.

"I made my decision around March, and I went to the manager's office and told him it was time for me to find something else," Lukaku said.

"I wasn't performing, and I wasn't playing. I think it was better for both sides to go separate ways. I think I made the right decision.

"Manchester United has made space for the younger players to come through so I think it was a win-win situation for both of us.

"I think I had to rediscover myself. Last year was difficult for me on the professional side, because stuff was not going how I wanted, and I was not performing as well.

"So, I had to find it within myself what was lacking and came to the conclusion that it was time for me to change the environment."

Lukaku was signed for United by Jose Mourinho and had an excellent first season, scoring 27 goals as United finished second in the Premier League.

But Mourinho was sacked in December 2018 after a disappointing start to the season, with Lukaku also unable to discover his best form.

Lukaku added: "I think Jose Mourinho - if he would have had the players that he wanted; he would have done better than what we did."

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