Romelu Lukaku hopes to build something special at Inter Milan and opened up on his decision to join the Serie A giants in the summer.
Lukaku ended a mixed two-year stint at Manchester United in August to join Antonio Conte at Inter. The new head coach had pursued the striker’s signature all summer, and eventually landed his top transfer target.
Since then, Lukaku has slotted almost effortlessly into the Nerazzurri line-up and scored in his first two league matches. It’s prompted talk that he could spearhead Inter’s title challenge for this season.
“This could be the team I need,” the former Chelsea and United forward told ESPN.
“There’s the love I have for this area. The love that I have for Inter. And it was the perfect moment for me to leave England. I didn’t want to be there anymore.
“This group of players we have here is a special group. And we have the right leader in front of us to take us to the right places.
“Inter is an ambitious club. It wants to get back where it needs to be. I want to help them build something here. It’s the right move for me.”
Conte, of course, is a long-term admirer of Lukaku’s and tried to sign him in 2014 while he was in charge of Juventus. The Italian later attempted another move for him at Chelsea three years later only to lose out to United.
However, the 50-year-old finally got his man last month and intends to make Lukaku a big part of his plans to restore Inter’s glory days.
“The guy can make a team,” Lukaku said.
“It’s already like the guys have been there for many, many years together, even the ones who just arrived. It’s the strangest thing.”
Lukaku will suit up for Inter once again in Saturday’s home match against Udinese in the Serie A.