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Lukaku needs to be mentally strong, says Rooney

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Manchester : Former Manchester United star Wayne Rooney on Sunday asked the club’s newly signed striker Romelu Lukaku to stay mentally strong for the challenges ahead.

The 24-year-old Belgian striker Lukaku last week joined record English football champions Manchester United from Everton on a five-year contract with a reported transfer fee of 75 million pounds ($98.19 million).

“You’ve got to be strong enough mentally to accept the challenge, United are a football club that demands success. Romelu has to be strong enough to take up that challenge,” Rooney was quoted saying by Fox Sports.


The 31-year-old Rooney, who left the Manchester club to join his boyhood club Everton after holding the record of being their highest goal scorer with 253 goals, also said playing for his previous side will put some characters into test.

“Playing for Manchester United is a test of character,” Rooney said.