Journalists from The Sun are banned from both Liverpool and Everton, but that didn’t stop Martin Lipton from reporting on Romelu Lukaku’s deepest, darkest desires and fears on Sunday, claiming that the Premier League’s leading goalscorer is “worried” that he won’t fit into Antonio Conte’s style (so much running and stuff!) and instead will choose to join forces with José Mourinho at Manchester United instead.
Lukaku has recently made it clear that he will not sign a new contract at Everton and is thus widely expected to leave this summer in search of Champions League football. Chelsea have already qualified for next year’s competition while United are on track for doing so as well through the back door of a Europa League triumph.
While players would be well-advised to not read any of their own press, Lipton’s report filtered through to Lukaku one way or another. It clearly struck a cord with the 23-year-old, though not exactly a positive one.
Some media these days are annoying man....— R.Lukaku Bolingoli10 (@RomeluLukaku9) May 7, 2017
As long as i didn't make a public statement about my situation please stay out of my business ok? #☀️...— R.Lukaku Bolingoli10 (@RomeluLukaku9) May 7, 2017
In case those tweets gets deleted in the future, that’s Lukaku tweeting “Some media these days are annoying man...” and following that up eight minutes later with “As long as I didn’t make a public statement about my situation please stay out of my business ok?” and adding a hashtag sun-emoji to make it clear just which outlet he’s referring to.
Lukaku’s surely used to transfer rumors by now, so it must’ve been something fairly specific to Lipton’s report that caused the former Chelsea prospect to react in such a way. Or maybe he’s truly just tired of all the noise. Either way, the situation continues to trend towards a Chelsea return.