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Lukaku could leave if United don't finish in the top four


Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku

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Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku has fuelled speculation about his future at Manchester United by refusing to confirm if he will be at the club next season.

The striker, who joined United in a £75m deal from Everton two years ago, has scored 12 league goals this season in a desperately disappointing campaign for the Old Trafford club.

Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea means that United need other results to go in their favour – as well as winning their final two games – to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League.

Qualification for the Champions League is believed to be Lukaku’s minimum ambition. Failure to do so is a distinct possibility and that has led to speculation that his agent is sounding out potential suitors.

Asked whether he would still be a United player next season, Lukaku said: “I don’t know. I am not here to entertain rumours. I am still under contract.”

Meanwhile, Manchester United defender Eric Bailly will miss the club’s final two Premier League games and the African Nations Cup, the club have confirmed.

The Ivory Coast international suffered medial ligament damage in a collision with Mateo Kovacic in the second half of Sunday’s draw with Chelsea.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said after the game that the 25-year-old would almost certainly miss United’s last two games against Huddersfield and Cardiff and now his hopes of representing his country this summer are also over.

Ivory Coast are among the favourites for the African Nations Cup, which takes place in Egypt from June 21 to July 19.