Romelu Lukaku admits he and Jose Mourinho “bump heads” at times, but considers his former Chelsea and Manchester United manager to be “my guy” after eventually earning his trust.That was not always the case for the Belgian striker, with a Portuguese coach moving him out of Stamford Bridge on loan to West Brom and Everton.Lukaku did not always agree with the decisions being taken with his best interests in mind, but did enough to convince Mourinho that he was worth £75 million ($91m) when moving to Old Trafford in 2017. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? A return to west London was on the cards that summer before the Red Devils swooped in, with Lukaku telling the LightHarted podcast: “I was gone, I was going to Chelsea.“I was looking for an apartment, an apartment for my mum to stay in close to the practice facility, so I don’t have to drive too far. And then Man U came.“At Man U everybody was… I felt the trust more, where everybody wanted me to be there and that’s the true story.“People say ‘Yeah, my agent [Mino Raiola]’ and stuff like that – my former agent at the time – he did his job, he got the best opportunity for me, but the people wanted me the most and that was Man U. Everybody was wanting me. There was no doubting.“They came and they told me – I was in New York – I get a phone call from this number and I’m like, ‘Who’s this?’ Pick up, Jose Mourinho. ‘Rom, how are you doing?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, what’s up, boss?’“’I’m gonna get you back, we’re gonna pay £75m plus £15m in bonuses by next week, so I expect you in LA. So go and do your s*** in LA and I’ll see you after [in pre-season]’. I felt the dude was lying, like ‘I’ll see you’.“Then the next thing I know, I wake up and had to go back to Everton on the July 7 and July 6, I wake up in the morning and I see they’ve agreed the deal, so I’m like, ‘Man! They came in hard!’”A move to Manchester saw Lukaku reunited with a coach who had previously overlooked him.The 26-year-old was, however, to become a leading man for Mourinho during his time at United.The pair were to endure the odd difference of opinion at times – with the Red Devils disappointed to see a star frontman rule himself out of contention for a starting berth in the 2018 FA Cup final – but a positive working relationship was enjoyed on the whole.Lukaku added on linking back up with Mourinho: “When [I was at United], I remember we were in Moscow two years ago, we played CSKA, I told him, “Yo man, I wanted to kill your arse so bad” and we laughed about it. “Me and Jose our relationship is… everybody has their own personal relationship with him, but me and him we bump heads.“We bump heads, but I love him as a man. I think he loves me as a man, but we bump heads all the time. All the time. He might be picking on me, but then I’ll be picking on him. But he’s my guy, for sure, he’s my guy.”Both Lukaku and Mourinho have now severed ties with United, with the latter still looking for work after being sacked in December 2018 while the former has signed for Serie A giants Inter.
The Toronto stock market was lower on Friday near midday as disappointing Canadian jobs numbers added to concerns about the global economy, in particular China.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 9.22 points at 11,848.91, while the TSX Venture Exchange slipped 0.11 of a point to 1,192.94.The Canadian dollar was at 100.83 cents US, up 0.02 of a cent. Earlier in the session the loonie had been as low as 100.3 cents US, down nearly half a cent from Thursday’s close, shortly after Statistics Canada’s jobs report for July.Statistics Canada reported that the unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a point to 7.3 per cent as the economy shed 30,400 jobs last month. The outcome was notably worse than the addition of about 6,000 jobs that analysts had expected.Traders have been revisiting worries about the direction of the global economy after a series of economic data out of China showed that the world’s second-largest economy is facing a slowdown.The Chinese economic figures causing most concern on Friday was the trade data for July. Exports rose just one per cent over a year earlier, sharply below forecasts of five per cent, while import growth fell to 4.7 per cent from the previous month’s 6.3 per cent, also below expectations.The trade surplus with the 27-nation European Union, China’s biggest trading partner, narrowed by 37.9 per cent to $10.8 billion, reflecting sluggish demand in Europe, which is wrestling with a debt crisis and recession.The figures, which came a day after China reported a slowdown in auto sales and factory output, are likely to heap the pressure on Beijing to take more measures to boost economic growth.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average decreased 38.48 points to 13,126.71 and the broader S&P slid 4.07 points to 1,398.73. The Nasdaq lost 8.77 points to 3,009.87.At the TSX, energy stocks were off 2.2 per cent with the September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 59 cents to US$92.77 a barrel.September copper moved down 3.4 cents to US$3.41 a pound while December gold fell $3.80 to US$1,624 an ounce.The biggest gainer was the information technology sector, up 3.3 per cent, with Open Text (TSX:OTC) ahead $5.08 to $54.14.Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) shares gained 35 cents to $8.07 following reports that IBM has an “informal” interest in buying the BlackBerry maker’s enterprise division. Financials stocks were off 0.1 per cent with Royal Bank (TSX:RY) slipping 26 cents to $50.94.In earnings, railway tie and utility pole maker Stella-Jones Inc. (TSX:SJ) is raising its dividend 6.7 per cent after reporting profits were up 20.1 per cent at $20.8 million or $1.30 per share in its most recent quarter. That compared with net profits of $17.3 million or $1.08 per share in the same year-earlier period. Its shares rose $1.97 to $59.69.In Europe, Germany’s DAX fell 0.3 per cent to 6,908 while the CAC-40 in France was 0.6 per cent lower at 3,437. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was 0.2 per cent lower at 5,842.Earlier in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index fell 1 per cent to close at 8,891.44. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed 0.7 per cent to 20,136.12 and South Korea’s Kospi bounced closed 0.3 per cent higher at 1,946.40.