A fascinating report providing an insight into the fitness problems of Romelu Lukaku during the Belgian’s final season at Manchester United has emerged online.
Following months of rampant speculation, confirmation of Lukaku’s United exit finally arrived early in August.
The Belgian secured a deadline day move to Serie A giants Inter Milan, for a fee which could eventually reach almost £74 million:
🚨 | BIG ANNOUNCEMENT@RomeluLukaku9 è un giocatore dell’Inter! 🇧🇪⚫🔵
— Inter (@Inter) August 8, 2019
United’s decision to part ways with Lukaku came after the 26-year-old struggled to just 15 goals across all competitions last season.
In addition, the more high-tempo, technical brand of football which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had-long been attempting to implement is evidently far more suited to some of the other attacking options at the disposal of the Norwegian tactician.
Lukaku’s fitness issues explained?
As outlined above, however, a hugely-intriguing report on the part of the Telegraph has since shed some light on exactly why Lukaku may have been struggling so badly for form, and particularly fitness, during his final campaign at Old Trafford.
It is claimed that the Belgian hitman was in fact struggling with a malfunctioning digestive system throughout last season.
This, however, was unknown to either Lukaku himself or Manchester United.
Upon his transfer to Inter Milan being completed, though, the issue was quickly diagnosed, before being rectified.
This allowed Lukaku to lose half a stone in just 12 days, weight loss which has since no doubt majorly contributed to his fine form in Italy.
To this point in his debut campaign at the San Siro, the 26-year-old has already found the back of the net 21 times.
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) February 10, 2020