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Lukaku sits out United's open training

 

Unclear future: Romelu Lukaku
Unclear future: Romelu Lukaku

By Simon Peach

Romelu Lukaku missed Manchester United's open training session amid ongoing speculation about his future.

Two years after his big-money move from Everton, there are questions about the 26-year-old's Old Trafford happiness and Antonio Conte's Inter Milan are eyeing a summer move.

However, it is understood the Serie A side have been struggling to meet United's demands for Lukaku, who arrived at the club in a transfer worth £75m plus add-ons and still has three years left on his contract.

United also have the option to extend his deal for a further year and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warned on Wednesday that the club would not be pressured into selling anyone.

But tongues were set wagging yesterday as thousands of fans descended on the WACA in Perth, where Lukaku was conspicuous by his absence.

It is understood that the Belgium international was nursing a knock, so instead did alternative gym-based work along with Anthony Martial.

The pair could be seen on exercise bikes overlooking the main training group, which Luke Shaw left early. The full-back had some strapping on his right knee.

The players were in good spirits during the session at the WACA, despite a plane flying overhead with a banner that read 'Liverpool FC - 6x European champions!'

Paul Pogba went over to the supporters after a session in which he was again the centre of attention as talk rumbles on about his United future.

The France midfielder may be hoping for a new challenge, but he clearly enjoyed the second of the double training session as he celebrated a mini-game win with team-mates and joked around with David de Gea.

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