Thursday 27 July 2017

Romelu Lukaku targets titles every year after completing Manchester United move

Romelu Lukaku trained with Manchester United on Monday
Romelu Lukaku trained with Manchester United on Monday

Romelu Lukaku will be satisfied with nothing less than trophies every season after completing his big-money move to Manchester United.

For much of the summer it looked like the 24-year-old would be leaving Everton for former club Chelsea, only for United to swoop in and gazump the Premier League champions.

Lukaku has arrived in a deal worth £75million plus add-ons that could take it beyond the initial world-record 105million euros (£89million) outlay that took Paul Pogba to Old Trafford last summer.

The pair have been close friends for a number of years and were on holiday in Los Angeles together as the striker underwent a medical ahead of penning a five-year deal, with the option of a sixth, on Monday.

"I feel really well, I am really happy," he told Pogba in an interview for MUTV. "Delighted. I can't wait to get started.

"Last year you guys won three trophies. Now we're starting to build on that and perform better than we did last year."

Asked what his goal was, Lukaku added: "Titles every year. Nothing less. Nothing less.

"I think being at Manchester United, you have to challenge for every title that there is. Every cup or whatever.

"That's what I want and that's why I am here to help the team perform.

"I am not going to talk too much, but I am just going to perform on the pitch and do whatever it takes to win a game."

Lukaku has hit the ground running at United, training with his new team-mates in LA within an hour of his big-money move.

The striker stayed with the team at their Beverly Hills hotel on Sunday and arrived with his new team-mates at UCLA the following morning, signing autographs and posing for photos for supporters.

He was made to sweat as United's pre-season tour got under way, with the first of a double session on Monday taking place at Drake Stadium in temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius.

Jose Mourinho looked far more happy with the set-up compared to last summer's ill-fated tour in China and is delighted to be working with Lukaku once again.

"Romelu is a natural fit for Manchester United," he said of a player he sold when Chelsea manager in 2014.

"He is a big personality and a big player. It is only natural that he wants to develop his career at the biggest club.

"He will be a great addition to the group and I know they will make him very welcome. I am really looking forward to working with him again."

Mourinho named a 27-man group for United's summer tour, although the arrival of Lukaku has already swollen that number.

Fellow new boy Victor Lindelof, a summer acquisition from Benfica, trained with his new team-mates at UCLA, where Luke Shaw and Ashley Young worked away from the main group as they step up their return from injury.

United's first match of their US tour comes against the LA Galaxy on Saturday, before friendlies against Real Salt Lake, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Hard work on the field will be matched by that behind the scenes as the club continues to work on new signings.

While talk of a move for Chelsea defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic quietens, Press Association Sport understands Tottenham's Eric Dier remains a target. The player is believed to be open to a move to Old Trafford, but not willing to rock the boat.

A senior United source was dismissive of talk of a move for Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko, although Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic continues to be on the radar.

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