Belgium all-time record goalscorer Romelu Lukaku has made a shock statement over his future with the national team.
Lukaku, 25, helped Belgium finish third at the 2018 FIFA World Cup but has said he might not make it to Qatar in 2022.
Having made his debut as a 17-year-old back in 2010, the towering striker has featured 75 times for the Red Devils, scoring 40 goals in the process.
Currently ranked as the nations all-time record scorer, Lukaku says his decision is based on giving the exciting youth produced in his homeland a chance to establish themselves in the senior national team.
“After the Euros, I think I’ll stop,” he told Business Insider. “I’m 25, I’m like, I’m not even in my prime yet.
“I still see them [Belgium’s young players] as competition right now because they try to take my spot and I don’t want to give it up to them. So like another two years, and then they can have it.”
Lukaku was arrested in Los Angeles last week following a noise complaint and is due is due to appear in court on 2 October.
His arrival at Old Trafford follows Wayne Rooney’s departure to rejoin Everton, after 13 years with United.
That deal, which was confirmed on Sunday, was not connected with the Lukaku transfer.
Despite matching United’s bid, Chelsea were not willing to match the fees Lukaku’s agent Mino Raiola will earn from the move to Old Trafford.
Lukaku in stats
- With two goals against Hull City in March, Lukaku became the first Everton player since Gary Lineker in 1985-86 to score 20 league goals in a season.
- Lukaku is also only the fourth player to score more than 80 goals in the Premier League before turning 24 (after Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler and Rooney).
- He has scored more goals than any other Everton player in Premier League history (68).
- Lukaku is one of only three players to have scored more than 10 goals in each of the past five Premier League seasons (alongside Olivier Giroud and Sergio Aguero).