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Former Everton director of football recalls his warning to Jose Mourinho about ‘big baby’ Lukaku

Former Everton director of football Steve Walsh has revealed he warned Jose Mourinho about Romelu Lukaku’s attitude following his move to Manchester United, describing the forward as a ‘big baby’.

The Belgian international enjoyed a prolific spell on Merseyside with Everton, scoring 87 goals in just 166 appearances, prompting former Man United manager Mourinho to bring Lukaku to Old Trafford in a £75m deal in 2017.

Despite enjoying a decent goal record during his two season stay at the club, Lukaku failed to establish himself as a key figure and left for Inter Milan this past summer, with Walsh now revealing he pre-warned United about the 26-year-old’s mentality following the switch.

“When Jose signed Romelu Lukaku from Everton, I remember saying to him, ‘You have to be careful with Lukaku. He is a big baby, you know,’” Walsh told The Athletic.

“He said he could handle him. I don’t think he really got Lukaku on-side mentally, which you have to do.

“That is the case with him and Paul Pogba. They aren’t my type of players. They are more about themselves than the team. I wouldn’t have touched them. Because they are good players doesn’t mean you are going to get a good team out of it.”

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