Romelu Lukaku reportedly refused to return to Manchester United training after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attempted to banish him to the club’s U23s.
Lukaku has been training with former Anderlecht as the wantaway striker looks for a United exit, with his agent travelling to London to push through a move to Italy.
Inter Milan are keen to sign Lukaku and are understood to have seen a £54million offer rebuffed last month, while a swap deal with Juventus had been on the cards until Paulo Dybala’s prohibitive wage demands put paid to that.
And, after Lukaku opted to remain in Belgium rather than return to United’s Carrington training ground on Wednesday, The Athletic suggested that the striker feels isolated by his manager.
It is claimed that the forward was told that if he checked in for training, he was expected to train with the U23s rather than the first-team.
United are understood to be fuming with the striker for going AWOL, but the striker feels hurt and has made the decision to remain with the club where he began his career.
While it is understood a move to Serie A remains on the cards, eyebrows were raised on Monday when the striker was pictured training with boyhood club Anderlecht.
United’s players had a day off on Monday and it was reported that Lukaku was expected back on Tuesday with the rest of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.
Lukaku joined the Old Trafford giants on their pre-season tour of Australia and Asia but failed to feature in any of their four matches due to knocks.
The 26-year-old was also absent in the friendlies against Kristiansund and AC Milan upon returning to Europe.
Lukaku got under manager Solskjaer’s skin last week when posting on Twitter a video showing internal data of United players’ maximum speed in training. The message was swiftly deleted.
Asked about that following the AC Milan friendly, Solskjaer said: “I’ve spoken to Rom, yeah, to put it that way. And that’s case closed.”