Football: Manchester United move realises childhood dream, says Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku celebrating after scoring for Everton against Bournemouth on Feb 4, 2017.
Romelu Lukaku celebrating after scoring for Everton against Bournemouth on Feb 4, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

London (AFP) - Romelu Lukaku says his move from Everton to Manchester United for a reported £75million (S$133 million), breaking the transfer record for a deal between British clubs, is the opportunity he had always dreamed of as a child.

The 24-year-old Belgian international striker - Everton's record Premier League goalscorer with 68 - told ESPN he had no hesitations over the move even though his former club Chelsea offered a similar fee, but apparently baulked at the sizeable commission his agent Mino Raiola demanded.

Lukaku made no mention of Chelsea whose manager Antonio Conte is said to feel betrayed by the striker with whom he had spoken to on several occasions since the end of last season.

"It's (Manchester United) a club that is hungry to win the league again, to be dominant in the world again," Lukaku told ESPN, who said they spoke to him after the completion of his medical examination.

"It's the sort of opportunity I've always wanted since a child.

"When they came calling, I didn't have to think twice, so I'm really delighted to be part of history."

Lukaku, whom United manager Jose Mourinho sold to Everton for £28m in 2014 while in his second spell in charge of Chelsea, said the United move for him was the perfect storm.

"Who would say no to the biggest club in the world?" said Lukaku, who will be reportedly paid over £200,000-a-week by United.

"The best stadium in England, the best fans. I mean, it's the perfect opportunity.

"I always said I wanted to play for a team that's challenging for every trophy that there is there.

"I think Manchester United at the minute wants to be the dominant team, the dominant force."

Lukaku, who turned down the most lucrative contract ever offered by Everton at the end of last season which had seen him score 25 Premier League goals, conceded he would have to step up his work rate to please the demanding Mourinho.

"Now it's time to work hard, work harder than I ever did before and I'm willing to do it," said Lukaku.

His move comes as he faces a fine after being issued a misdemeanour citation by Los Angeles police for making too much noise at a party he hosted in his holiday mansion in the United States.