Romelu Lukaku has left the Manchester United squad after he was given some days off, his boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed. The Belgian star, 25, is unlikely to return before the end of the month and could miss United’s busy festive schedule.
Lukaku has been away from Old Trafford all week and could miss the two Premier League games against Cardiff and Huddersfield.
Romelu Lukaku decided at six years old that he was going to become a pro soccer player to dig his family out of poverty.
“I was just like a man on a mission since I was six,” Lukaku told Business Insider.
Since turning pro at 16, Lukaku has become a staple of the Belgian national team, the star striker who most recently helped get them to the semifinals in the 2018 World Cup.
However, the 25-year-old Lukaku worries that the younger generation of Belgian players doesn’t have the same hunger as he and his fellow countrymen did at a young age. Lukaku says money drove him to go pro. Conversely, he said, because players can make money at such a young age now, the younger players aren’t as hungry.
The Belgium international has been given time off and has yet to return to the club, while Alexis Sanchez is also out for the trip to the Welsh capital.