Romelu Lukaku opened up on how the prospect of joining the “best coach in the world” in Antonio Conte had a big impact on his decision to sign for Inter Milan.
With his Manchester United career over, Lukaku was at the centre of a tense battle between Serie A giants Juventus and Inter for his services.
Just last week, in fact, it seemed like Juventus had won the race for the Belgian. They reportedly struck a trade deal with United involving Paulo Dybala before the Red Devils pulled out.
The setback opened the door for Inter to snatch Lukaku on Thursday for a club-record transfer fee of €65m.
Speaking for the first time as a Nerazzurri on Friday, the former Everton star revealed how the opportunity to work under Conte swayed him.
“The coach was a key factor. He’s the best coach in the world – he manages to improve his players, while his career speaks for itself,” Lukaku told the club’s website.
“I would like to thank president Steven Zhang and CEO Giuseppe Marotta for the faith they’ve shown in me. I’m delighted to be here at Inter.”
Inter controversially announced on Friday morning that they’ve handed Lukaku the No.9 jersey despite the fact Mauro Icardi remains at the club.
Nonetheless, the 26-year-old forward is looking towards the future as he aims to help restore Inter’s glory days.
“I chose Inter because of the club’s project,” added Lukaku.
“I think Inter are heading in the right direction and I needed a new challenge.
“Here, the foundations are there to do well. Through my commitment and my desire to perform, I want to help this team achieve big things.
“I won’t get ahead of myself, but I hope we’ll have achieved great results come the end of the season.”
Inter will be in action away to Valencia on Saturday night in a pre-season friendly. However, Lukaku likely won’t feature as he’s struggled to train properly this summer because of an ankle injury.
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