Manchester United striker, Romelu Lukaku, has revealed that he had to lose some muscles so as to keep up with the fast pace of the English Premier League.
The 25-year old said he bulked up some wealth in order to play for Belgium at the 2018 world cup. The striker has since the world cup gone on a 12-game drought which ended when he scored on his last two starts against Southampton and Fulham.
The Belgian has been able to shed the weight by drinking more water, keeping away from the gym and sticking to a diet of fish and vegetables.
“A little bit of muscle, yeah. I had to lose it.
“I felt great at the World Cup, but here in the Premier League I cannot play with the same amount of muscle as international football.
“When I came back, I knew straightaway ‘nah, I cannot play in this style like this’.
“So you just stay out of the gym, drink a lot of water, and eat a lot of veg and fish, and it helps.
“Also, I had a hamstring injury, which is something that never happens to me.
“We did a lot of tests to see what the problem was. Just training differently, more prevention in the gym and more speed bursts in training – for me, that’s the most essential.
“After the World Cup, I was a bit tired. You know, I had the same thing in 2014 after the World Cup. When I came back to Everton, I was really in a slump. So, now I think I am at a decent level and ready to go again,” he told SportsMail.