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'Why not? I hope so' - Lukaku harbours Serie A ambition

15 October 2018
'Why not? I hope so' - Lukaku harbours Serie A ambition

However, while preparing for Tuesday night's global friendly against the Netherlands, Lukaku was asked about a potential move to Italy with Serie A champions Juventus, and his answer did not exactly do anything to strengthen his current long-term commitment to United.

The Belgian, who joined Manchester United for a reported £75m fee previous year, has been the subject of constant criticism for his performances against the top six clubs in the Premier League.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has leapt to the defence of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho stressing he is still the right man for the job whilst admonishing those under him.

"Why not? I hope it happens", was his short and sweet response.

Lukaku already has ties to the Italian top-flight, his brother Jordan play his football in Rome with Lazio.

However, Lukaku said if he wants a move to Italy, he would love to play the champions Juventus, due to their success and an opportunity to become Cristiano Ronaldo's teammate.

He added: "Juve have a great project in place and they just keep going".

The 25-year-old feels the team will need to be wary of Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and the pacey Douglas Costa in particular when they face the Bianconeri.

Without doubt they are one of the two or three best sides.

'They've got a great coach on the bench and extraordinary players in every area of the team.

It means a return to Old Trafford for Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time since 2013.

'He's an exceptional signing and his career shows he always makes the difference'.

Before United's clash with Juve, Lukaku is likely to line up for his country when Netherlands visit Brussels for a friendly on Tuesday.

The Belgium star revealed he has been in contact with the 2012 Champions League victor since his arrival to the United Kingdom in 2011.