LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Romelu Lukaku has revealed that his record move to Manchester United was inspired by Paul Pogba’s arrival at Old Trafford.
A relaxed-looking Lukaku signed autographs for fans and posed for photos at UCLA’s Drake Stadium, where United are training this week as their five-match pre-season US tour gets under way.
The 24-year-old Lukaku joined up with the United squad just hours after his reported $97 million transfer from Everton was officially completed. The five-year deal, which will see Lukaku pocket more than $258,000 per week, is a record transfer between two English clubs.
Lukaku said his decision to seek a move to Old Trafford had come after seeing Pogba join the club last year.
Pogba and Lukaku, who share the same agent, are close friends and were on holiday in Beverly Hills together last week before the deal was completed.
Lukaku said Pogba had played a “big role” in his transfer.
“He is one of my best friends and he is my neighbour as well,” Lukaku said.
“We are always together so he would explain to me how things were going. Last season when he signed for United, it really triggered something in my brain and I knew that if one day I had the chance to sign then I would not say no.
“To be here now is a blessing and I will not take this opportunity for granted.”