The Bulgarian has jumped to the defense of the out of favour Belgian striker who is set to part ways with his current employers.

Former Manchester United striker, Dimitar Berbatov has expressed his disappointment with reports that have suggested Romelu Lukaku is set to leave Manchester United in a potential swap deal with Juventus FC, that will see Paulo Dybala move to the Premier League.

Berbatov expressed his trust in the wantaway forward by saying, “I hope he can stay because he can give a lot more to the team… when you know your team-mates, you know how to play with them and how to make them look good.”

“I said it before and I will repeat it, I am a fan of his and I think he is unfairly criticised most of the time. So, you need to know your strong side and keep to that. I hope he can stay because he can give a lot more to the team,” added the 38-year-old, who himself tasted a lot of success at MUFC, scoring over 56 goals in 149 appearances.

Lukaku has spent two seasons with the Red Devils since his move from Everton in a deal worth £75m+ add-ons back in 2017. Having played a total of 96 games, the striker has netted 46 times. 

Apparently, the reason behind his nearing exit is reported to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s style of play which does not suit Lukaku’s capabilities. In recent weeks, the Belgian has seen himself go down the pecking order behind Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, who are more versatile attackers. 

It is believed that Lukaku has already agreed personal terms with the current Serie A champions, that include a five-year contract. All that’s left is for Dybala to agree on personal terms with United and the swap deal will be materialized. A large section of the fans of the club share Berbatov’s sentiments on the matter, with most of them pointing out that the Belgian was not properly utilized and did not have quality service that suited his traits upfront. 

With Juventus forcing the Argentine out of the club, who is apparently surplus to requirements at the Old Lady, the potential swap deal seems to be the most amicable solution for all parties involved. Inter Milan remain outsiders and have courted Lukaku all summer long, but failed to match his valuation of €85m so far.