Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed that he offered former teammate Romelu Lukaku a bet of £50 when he was at Manchester United to help improve his first touch.
The LA Galaxy striker had a brief stint with United from 2016 to 2018, scoring 28 goals in 46 appearances during his first season at the club, and played a huge part in the Reds winning the Community Shield, Carabao Cup and Europa League.
In an interview with La Gazetta dello Sport, the 38-year-old discussed his former United teammate, Lukaku, who now plays for Inter Milan – another of the Swede’s former clubs.
“I will say this on Romelu: don’t expect good technique from Lukaku. His best strength is sheer power. If only he’d listened to me,” he said.
“At Manchester United, we made a bet: ‘I’ll give you £50 for every decent first touch you make. ‘He replied: ‘What do I win if I get them all right?’ I told him nothing, he would simply become a better player. For the record, he never accepted the bet! Perhaps he was afraid of losing?!"
“Joking aside, Lukaku has this mad hunger to prove himself to the world and I’m sure he will do well at Inter too,” added Ibrahimovic.
The Swedish striker spent three seasons at Inter over a decade ago, scoring 57 times in Serie A for the Nerazzurri.
Romelu Lukaku has scored three goals in eight appearances for the San Siro outfit since making a £72m move from Manchester United in August.