Romelu Lukaku is already training with Manchester United
Romelu Lukaku has hit the ground running at Manchester United, training with his new team-mates in Los Angeles within an hour of completing his big-money from Everton.
A return to former club Chelsea had looked likely for much of the summer, only for United to swoop in and gazump the Premier League champions.
Lukaku has arrived in a deal worth £75million plus add-ons, penning a five-year deal at Old Trafford with the option of a sixth.
“I would like to start by thanking Everton and the fans for the last four wonderful seasons, I have made some special friends and we have shared some amazing moments,” said the striker, who has chosen the number nine worn by Zlatan Ibrahimovic last term.
“However, when Manchester United and Jose Mourinho come knocking at the door it is an opportunity of a lifetime and one that I could not turn down.
“You could see the fight, determination and the spirit in this team during the Europa League final and I want to become a part of that.
“I cannot wait to run out at Old Trafford in front of 75,000 fans but before that pre-season is where the hard work starts and I am looking forward to that first training session.”
That first session came within an hour of official confirmation of the deal, having been on holiday in Los Angeles with United midfielder Paul Pogba.
Lukaku stayed with the team at their Beverly Hills hotel on Sunday and arrived with his new team-mates at UCLA the following morning, signing autographs and posing for photos for supporters.
The striker was made to sweat alongside as United’s pre-season tour got under way, with the first of a double session on Monday taking place at Drake Stadium in temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius