Romelu Lukaku showed his classy side with a message to former employers Manchester United.
The Belgium striker was sold to Inter Milan last summer after falling down the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
His move to the San Siro, however, has paid rich dividends. Lukaku scored his 32nd and 33rd goals of the season on Monday night as Inter trounced Shakhtar 5-0 to reach the Europa League final.
After the game, Lukaku was asked for his opinions on Manchester United’s progress since he left for Italy.
And despite leaving under something of a cloud, the Belgian clearly held no hard feelings. In fact, a trio of Manchester United stars came in for praise from the burly frontman.
“United tried their hardest,” Lukaku said after the game. “I think they had a really good season.
“I think Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer) did a really good job. The players, they did really well.
“[Mason] Greenwood coming through, [Anthony] Martial and [Marcus] Rashford – I expected all of that. I’m really happy for them.
“They look really good for next season, I have no doubt.”
Lukaku’s form in front of goal has been sensational this season. But rather than focus on individual accolades, all the striker is bothered about is beating Sevilla in Friday’s final.
“At the minute everything is going well but we keep fighting,” he said. “Records are there to be broken but we want to win.
“We need to prepare ourselves really well, recover and play again. The team is doing well and everybody is doing their best.
“We worked really hard in the camp. It’s tough but you see the results of the hard work. We want to keep going.
“We knew they were really good in combinations. So as long as we kept the centre of defence close, we knew we would not have problems as the physicality of us is too much for them.”
United open talks with Juventus winger
Manchester United have reportedly opened talks with the representatives of Juventus attacker Douglas Costa.
The news comes from transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio, as cited by the Daily Express.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to add a number of signings this summer, with Jadon Sancho remaining the top target.
However, Borussia Dortmund are adamant the England star will not be leaving this summer.
Despite that, United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is expected to make another move for Sancho before the transfer window closes in October.
But other options are now actively being explored and Costa is among the potential alternatives.
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