Following his move to Manchester United back in 2017, Romelu Lukaku has revealed that phone calls from Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward convinced him to reject Chelsea for a move to Old Trafford.
Lukaku made the switch from Everton to United for £75million in a deal rising to £90m, thereby rejecting his former side Chelsea. After Zlatan Ibrahimovic's injury, United identified Lukaku and Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid as potential center forward targets but settled on Lukaku with Morata joining Chelsea.
In an interview with LightHarted podcast, Lukaku revealed how Mourinho and Woodward convinced him to join United, "They came and they told me - I was in New York - I get a phone call from this number and I'm like, 'Who's this?' Pick up, Jose Mourinho. 'Rom, how are you doing?' I'm like, 'Yeah, what's up, boss?'
"'I'm gonna get you back, we're gonna pay £75m plus £15m in bonuses (add-ons) by next week, so I expect you in LA. So go and do your s**t in LA and I'll see you after [in pre-season]'. I felt the dude was lying, like 'I'll see you'. Then the next thing I know, I wake up and had to go back to Everton on the July 7 and July 6.
"I wake up in the morning and I see they've agreed the deal, so I'm like, 'Man! They came in hard!' "I spoke with Ed Woodward as well, he's like the GM (general manager), we had a good conversation, we spoke twice, I think - and in that conversation, I could feel his trust. While Chelsea it was the coach."