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‘He must improve’ – Conte challenges Lukaku to stay ‘hungry’

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Despite an impressive debut season in the Serie A, Antonio Conte has challenged Inter forward Romelu Lukaku to improve and keep his scoring hunger.

Antonio Conte wants to see more from Lukaku despite a fine season in front of goal.

The Belgian eased to life seamlessly since his arrival at Inter last summer.

Lukaku equaled a 70-year Inter record when his recent brace against Genoa took him to 15 away Serie A goals. He is the first Inter player to achieve that feat in a single top-flight campaign since Stefano Nyers in 1949/50.

With 23 Serie A goals and another six in other competitions, the 27-year-old is the top scorer under Antonio Conte this term.

The Italian manager is pleased with what he has seen so far but believes Lukaku still has room for improvement.

“He is a footballer who has room for improvement,” Conte said to Inter TV as quoted by Goal. “In some game situations, he can and must improve.

“As I said after the [Genoa] match, we are talking about an atypical footballer. Despite his size and his strength, he is also fast, with the ability to score goals like the one against Genoa in the 93rd minute.

“It’s up to him and his desire to improve. The important thing is that each of us is hungry to raise the bar and try to grow more and more.”

Lukaku will no doubt set his sights on an even better individual tally for next season.