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Conte reveals Lukaku true cost and why he’s so pleased

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Antonio Conte is pleased with Romelu Lukaku not just the goals but the true value of the deal itself.

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Conte and Inter rescued a bargain in Romelu Lukaku and he is already repaying them for saving him.

Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan got off to the perfect start, with a 4-0 win over Lecce.

There was something that pleased Conte more than the win though. It was the fact that his new centre-forward and big summer signing Romelu Lukaku got on the score sheet too.

After the game Conte said of the team’s performance and his new star striker:

“I am very happy and satisfied. I like working with these guys who have always shown great willingness.”

“Tonight, Lukaku showed why we tried so hard to sign him.”

“Lukaku has come into the Inter world in the best possible way, with great humility”

“He is a gentle giant, a giant with a smile. He’s ready to work for the team”

These comments although good to hear were of no real surprise to anyone, after a 4-0 win and a goal on the debut for the new big-money signing.

It has been widely believed that Inter paid around 75 million pounds for Lukaku.

Manchester United was said to be insistent on recouping what they had paid Everton only a couple of seasons ago.

Here comes the bombshell of Inter Milan managers post-game press conference.

Conte continued:

“Let’s not forget Lukaku cost €65m to be paid over five years, so when people talk about big money spent, it wasn’t even that much.”

It is understood that the 75 million price is part of a group of add-on payments, based on performances and appearances. But what is amazing that the payments are spread over a five year period.

Irrespective of what the final deal may end up being, Conte believes he has snagged a bargain.

Conte will be hoping that both he and Lukaku’s Inter career fair better than they did at previous clubs, and that the rich vein of form continues for the course of their deals.

Lukaku’s United career started in a similar fashion, with him scoring 27 goals in his first season, but a meager 15 in his second.

Conte’s career at Chelsea started brightly at Chelsea’s too, with a Premier League title and an FA Cup. But much like Lukaku things just slowed down.