Inter striker Romelu Lukaku has claimed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to keep the Belgian star at Manchester United, but it was he who made the decision to leave Old Trafford.
Lukaku left Man Utd following a summer of discontent regarding his future in England, and the 26-year-old was even told to stay away from the rest of the Red Devils team during pre-season.
The Belgian striker eventually joined Inter as he appeared to be surplus to requirements in Solskjaer’s style of play, but Lukaku told Het Belang van Limburg that he chose to leave ‘in March’ as he was ‘ready to try something new’.
“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 scored 42 goals in all competitions for Man Utd, but he struggled to make an impact during his final season at Old Trafford, and he was eventually frozen out of the side by Solskjaer, who opted for quicker and more dynamic players in attack.
The former Everton man has adapted well to life in Serie A, and he believes his ‘football intelligence’ helped his transition from England to Italy.
“I have had a good relationship with trainer Antonio Conte for three years and I know exactly what he expects of me.
“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 team-mates in advance.”
Lukaku moved to Inter for a fee of around £70m, and has scored nine goals in 12 league matches, as I Nerazzurri aim to end Juventus’ domination of Italian football.