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Agent: Romelu Lukaku’s future is really ‘very open’

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Romelu Lukaku’s agent revealed that he’s open to trying out other leagues in the future and plans to hold talks with Manchester United over his future in the summer.

Since completing a £75m transfer from Everton in 2017, Lukaku has scored 42 goals in 90 games for United and is contracted until June 2022.

In his second campaign at Old Trafford, the Belgian striker’s had his fair share of troubles and found himself playing second fiddle to Marcus Rashford when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer first arrived as manager in December.

But Lukaku has since forced his way back into the United line-up upon finding the net six times in his past five outings.

And at the age of 25, Chelsea great Didier Drogba recently predicted that Lukaku can still take his game to a whole new level as he hasn’t reached his peak years yet.

But the star’s representative, Federico Pastorello, suggested Lukaku’s future may lie outside of United due to a desire to succeed in other leagues.

Although talks over his United future have been put on hold until the summer so the Red Devils and Lukaku can focus all their efforts on landing a top-four finish in the Premier League and to compete in the Champions League.

“At the moment he is very focused on finishing the season,” Pastorello told Sky Sports.

“The competition for a third and fourth place in England is very tight so let’s see what will happen in the future at the end the season.

“It’s his second season here and he will still have three years on his contract until the end. Let’s see. He’s someone who loves to know a different culture, a different football.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 30: Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United shoots past Nathan Ake of AFC Bournemouth as he scores his team’s fourth goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on December 30, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“He sees a way to have a career playing in different countries because he would like to win some trophies and prove himself and say to his children ‘I won there and I won there and I won there’ and ‘I was a very good player in all the top championships’ so let’s see, the future is really very open but, at the moment, we don’t discuss that because really the season is in a big moment.”

Lukaku recently flirted with the idea of joining his brother, Jordan, in the Serie A one day in the near future.

Pastorello added: “He likes Italy. When he was a child he followed a lot the Italian league.

“Everybody agrees today the Premier League is the best but years ago Italy was the best and they were the dreams for the younger footballer players.

“Teams like Real Madrid and Barcelona, of course, attract any champion so he sees also in La Liga one day. Bundesliga for sure is a very good championship.”

Lukaku has scored 15 goals in 39 appearances across all competitions for United this season.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – JANUARY 02: Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park on January 2, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)