Romelu Lukaku targets long-term career at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Romelu Lukaku has expressed his desire to remain at Manchester United for a “very long time” after making a blistering start to his Old Trafford career.

The Belgian, who arrived for £75m in July, has already claimed four goals in his opening four games in a United shirt since completing the switch from Everton.

And he was in superb goalscoring mood against Gibraltar for Belgium on Thursday, claiming a hat-trick against the minnows as Roberto Martinez ran out 9-0 winners.

Speaking to Sport Witness, the 24-year-old made it clear that he intended to stay at Old Trafford for as long as possible.

“I don’t have one (a release clause), but I’m very happy,” he said. “I hope I stay there for a very long time”.

“I’m not going to leave. I’m happy over there. Manchester United is a big club.”

United could have taken a leaf out of Barcelona or Real Madrid’s book and stuck an astronomical release clause on Lukaku’s dead. Marco Asensio has a whopping €500million release clause, while Barcelona have gone for a slightly more modest €400m fee over his head.

Either way, Lukaku clearly sees United as the zenith. Chelsea are, of course, a big club, but the Belgian wanted more than just that. He wanted this level of scrutiny and worldwide exposure. And, so far, he is relishing it.

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