Lukaku: I Asked Zlatan If I Could Take The No. 9 Jersey
Romelu Lukaku: I Asked Zlatan Ibrahimovic If I Could Take The No. 9 Jersey
New Manchester United signing Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he asked Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s permission before requesting the No. 9 jersey for next season.
The Belgian, who sealed his £75 million (R1.3 billion) move to Old Trafford on Monday, played with the No. 10 jersey at Goodison Park, but the 24-year-old has explained the reason for the change.
"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,” Lukaku said as quoted by ESPN.
"That's why I played with No. 10. I asked for the number nine because I'm a striker.
"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."
The likes of Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial, Radamel Falcao, Dimitar Berbatov, Louis Saha, Andy Cole and Brian McClair have all wore the famous No.9 at the Theatre of Dreams.
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