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Romelu Lukaku Looking Forward To Battle With Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Belgian superstar Romelu Lukaku is not worried about facing competition from Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a place in the Manchester United attacking line-up.

Lukaku has provided Man Utd a huge boost

The Belgian striker has made an incredible start to his journey with the Red Devils since his £75 million move to Old Trafford from Everton – scoring four goals in as many appearances this season.

But he is aware that he will face stiff competition from Zlatan, who will try to take his place in the squad when the towering Swede returns to action after fully recovering from a knee injury, having already signed a new one-year deal with the Red Devils.

Zlatan is back at Old Trafford

However, this has not change things for the Belgian striker and he is not worried about losing his place and is ready to fight for it. Instead Lukaku is happy to have Zlatan, who have won 31 trophies during his illustrious footballing career, in the squad.

Asked if competition with Ibrahimovic could help him improve, Lukaku told the BBC: “Of course. You don’t fear the competition, you relish it.”

“As long as it can make you better, make you win, you relish the challenge all the time.”

“I think it [Ibrahimovic’s return] is really good for the team. It’s good to have another guy in the team that’s hungry to win trophies, that’s what we want at Manchester United.”

“With his character, his personality and also his attributes as a football player he brings us a lot and we will try to help him.”

Jose Mourinho spent £75m bringing Romelu Lukaku to Old Trafford

While speaking about his reunion with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who had sold him in 2014 during his second spell in charge of the Blues, Lukaku said: “I wanted to play for him since I was 11 so when you get another chance like that you don’t turn it down and I’m really grateful for the second opportunity.”

“He’s always been the same; a man that wants the best out of the players every day. He doesn’t give the players time to rest on the pitch, he really wants everyone to fight on the pitch and in training and that’s what I like about him.”

“He’s someone you can talk to and whatever you say he’s going to listen to you, so I like that a lot.”

Anirban Das
Anirban Das's journey to Delhi via Kolkata involves football, music, curiosity (which one day can kill the cat) and food. Following global football opens up an infinite space within him in both the conscious and subconscious self, away from the din and bustle of the madding crowd. Supports Manchester United & Barcelona

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