Romelu Lukaku has spoken to ESPN about his transfer to Manchester United, explaining why he turned down Chelsea’s advances after they matched our £75m offer.

This is an opportunity that I’ve always wanted since I was a child. When [Manchester United] came calling, I didn’t have to think twice. So I’m really delighted to hopefully be part of their history.

My mind was already set. I gave my word, and I don’t look back. I didn’t look back since, and I was already mentally preparing to be part of the team.

Lukaku was asked how he would respond to people to questioned his decisions to join United over last season’s champions.

I would say, ‘Who would say no to the biggest club in the world?’ Best stadium in England. The best fans. This is the perfect opportunity. I always said I wanted to play for a team that’s challenging for every trophy that there is.

I think Manchester United at the minute wants to be the dominant team, that dominant force. If you look at their history, it says enough. To become part of a club like them is something that I really wanted. I’m thankful for the opportunity that they gave me.

Now it’s time to work hard, work harder than I ever did before. I’m willing to do it. Hopefully, it will come a good way.