Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to keep me at Manchester United, claims Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku joined Inter Milan in August (Picture: Getty)

Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to keep him at Manchester United.

The Belgian joined the Serie A giants in a £74million deal in August after months of protracted negotiations with Antonio Conte’s side.

Lukaku was often shifted out onto the right wing under Solskjaer and the Norwegian made it clear that Marcus Rashford was his first choice central striker.

Nevertheless, Lukaku claims Solskjaer was desperate for him to stay at Old Trafford but he’d made his mind up in March to move to Milan.

Lukaku spent two years at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)

‘Solskjaer has my eternal respect,’ said Lukaku.

‘He understood me when I said in March that it was time for me to leave England.

‘I have been in the Premier League as an 18-year-old boy and now I am 26. Solskjaer wanted to keep me, but I was ready for something new.’

United have struggled for goals in Lukaku’s absence, especially during Anthony Martial’s two-month absence.

The Belgian on the other hand has thrived in Italy, scoring nine times for Conte’s side.

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