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van Damme: Romelu Lukaku is a good player and is a good asset for Manchester United


Former Premier League player Jelle van Damme was full of praise for new Manchester United signing Romelu Lukaku.

van Damme was an Anderlecht player when Lukaku was coming through the youth ranks at the club.

And he believes that he will be a good asset for the Red Devils next season.

"He was with me at Anderlecht when he came into the first team and he was like my son. We just connected from the first time [we met]," he told Sky Sports News HQ.

"You don't get along with everyone in football but we just clicked. He was 16 and already a big guy, and it was just all about working and keeping his feet on the ground.

"I took care of him and I still talk with him a lot. I saw him a few times last week while he was here having his holidays, and we talked about his switch to Man United.

"I am glad for him. United is a good club for him - he's a good player and is a good asset for Manchester United I think.

"There is going to be a lot of pressure on his shoulders but I think he can handle that. He has some brains up there and he will be fine."

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