Romelu Lukaku reputedly avoided Chelsea from signing Jeremy Doku years before his transfer to Manchester City.
City signed Doku from Anderlecht for £55.5m from Rennes this summer season, however the Belgian starlet used to be on Chelsea’s radar while mute a 15-yr-earlier childhood player at Anderlecht.
Lukaku himself joined the Blues from Anderlecht in 2011 however didn’t put himself within the first crew for the duration of his first spell at Stamford Bridge.
And the striker’s possess trip informed the recommendation he gave to Doku as his future world teammate weighed up a swap to Chelsea. In an interview with the Sunday Mirror, Anderlecht academy director Jean Kindermans defined:
“I consider taking Romelu into my situation of business about the divulge of getting younger players to commit to us – Doku severely.
“Romelu answered, ‘Come on, pass your cellphone to me; I’m going to name him’.”
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Kindermans wasn’t too obvious about Lukaku’s advice, even supposing. He persisted:
“However I didn’t want to develop that because a cellphone name gets like a flash forgotten. So, as an alternative, I got Romelu to persuade Jeremy to end.
“I mute possess the video on my cellphone. On it, it is seemingly you’ll perchance hear Romelu giving recommendation to the Doku family, saying, ‘Hello, guys, end with Anderlecht for a while; you’re felony’ and so forth.”
Lukaku’s recommendation appears to possess paid off, with Doku making his City debut from the originate up of their second game following his arrival uninteresting final month.
The 21-yr-earlier, who has received 14 caps for Belgium, signed a five-yr address Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions.
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Amid his public spat with Erik ten Hag, Jadon Sancho could also possess been handed an exit route from Manchester United.
In the intervening time, Kevin De Bruyne and Robert Lewandowski are said to possess rejected summer season strikes to Saudi Arabia.
However Saudi Pro League champions Al Ittihad search for more seemingly to proceed their pursuit of Mo Salah.
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