Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku says he will return to former club Anderlecht before his career comes to an end, reports Het Laatste Nieuws.
The Belgian international made a name for himself at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium before earning a move to Chelsea in 2011. He’s gone on to play for West Bromwich Albion and Everton prior to his big-money move to Old Trafford.
He’s had a good debut season, scoring 21 goals in all competitions, but may have shocked his current employers by admitting he’s not planning a lengthy stay. The 24-year-old has signed a five-year deal with Manchester United, but will end his career at Anderlecht regardless.
“My dream was always to play for Anderlecht. Before the end of my career I will definitely return, I can already promise that. I have had a wonderful time here,” he said in a recent interview.
Lukaku scored 41 goals in 98 games for Anderlecht between 2009 and 2011, after representing the club at youth level. He made his breakthrough as a teenager and clearly has an affinity with the Belgian side after all this time.
The prolific striker could be at Old Trafford until 2023, taking his time in England to 12 years. He played for Rupel Boom, KFC Wintam and Lierse before Anderlecht, but it was with the latter that Lukaku put himself on the radar of so many big European clubs.
It appears the £220k-per-week star will be paying them back before hanging up his boots.