Romelu Lukaku who is set to complete his £75 million move from Everton in the coming hours after undergoing a medical on Saturday,has revealed he will wear the iconic Manchester United No.9 jersey vacated by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“I always asked my mother what number, and I used to play with the 10 because my mother’s birthday is on Oct. 10, so it’s the 10th month of the year,” he told ESPN.
“That’s why I played with No. 10. I asked for the number nine because I’m a striker.
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“Strikers play with No.9. It’s a nice number, and I asked the permission of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. I want to thank him, as well, for allowing me to wear that number.”
There were growing expectations that Lukaku may make a straight swap with Wayne Rooney, who has already taken the Belgian’s Everton number 10 shirt after returning to Goodison Park. But the United number 10 jersey remains vacant for now with Lukaku favouring the number he wears for his national team instead.