Right now, many of the world’s best soccer players are with their respective national teams. That includes Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, who currently plays for Manchester United. But there’s a good chance he won’t be there for the duration of his career. In fact, he hopes he can play in Italy one day — according to a report from Sky Sports.
“Why not? I hope it happens,” he told reporters before gushing over their next UCL opponent — Juventus.
“Juve have a great project in place and they just keep going,” he says. “Every year, they try to get stronger. Without doubt, Juve are one of the two or three best teams in Europe. … They’ve got a great coach on the bench and extraordinary players in every area of the team. Cristiano Ronaldo stands out, but watch out for the others too. Paulo Dybala is already impressive and getting stronger, while I love Douglas Costa.”
Lukaku remains under contract at United through 2022, of course. But everything about the club right now screams chaos. Despite receiving the dreaded public backing weeks ago, José Mourinho is still the manager. However, there are no guarantees he will be by season’s end. In fact, you’re probably better off betting against it. As things stand, United are eighth in the league after eight matches — sitting on 13 points. That’s five points off the current top 4.
In 42 Premier League matches with United, Lukaku has 20 goals and seven assists. He would score 16 and assist seven during his first season at Old Trafford. Across all competitions for United (62 matches), he has 31 goals and nine assists. Would a better manager be able to get more out of him? Or, will he already be playing in Italy by then?
We probably won’t know until next summer, but it’s something to keep a close eye on as United’s campaign rolls along.