NO MOUR CREDIT FOR ROM DEAL

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! -

JOSE MOUR­INHO be­lieves in telling it like it is.

That was some­thing he il­lus­trated by re­veal­ing he does not de­serve the credit for Manch­ester United sign­ing striker Romelu Lukaku.

And that is de­spite the United boss work­ing with the Bel­gian when he was a young striker at Chelsea and also plac­ing him on a list of tar­gets he gave to the club’s CEO Ed Wood­ward. Mour­inho (be­low) has ef­fec­tively given the credit to Wood­ward for what has im­me­di­ately been a suc­cess­ful sign­ing. But at an ini­tial cost of £75mil­lion, the Red Devils chief also says it can­not be re­garded as a bar­gain, de­spite Lukaku, 24, scor­ing an im­pres­sive eight goals in his first eight matches af­ter yes­ter­day’s strike at Southamp­ton. Straight-talk­ing Mour­inho said: “I don’t think Romelu sign­ing was my in­flu­ence. “We paid the money that Ever­ton asked for and we paid the player the wages that his agent asked for and we paid the agents’ com­mis­sion that they asked for. “I think that was the way. I don’t see an­other rea­son.

“Will he be a bar­gain? No. We paid what Ever­ton asked for. The sell­ing club is the club that de­cides the amount. With Romelu, my club de­cided to pay and they got him.” MAN ★ CITY new is boy Bernardo Silva known as ‘Bub­blegum’. Why has the £43mil­lion been buy from Monaco by given that nick­name It’s his team-mates? sticks be­cause the ball to the mid­fielder’s foot!

PAUL HETHER­ING­TON

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