Romelu Lukaku has revealed how training sessions at Inter are like a war zone, as well as making clear he wishes “nothing but the best” for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United.
Lukaku offered Twitter followers the chance to send in questions via social media – and the striker duly replied to a wide range of topics during the session, one that he moved forward to make sure he was free to play NBA 2K later on Tuesday.
The Belgian striker has once again been pivotal for the Serie A leaders this season, scoring 17 goals to help the Nerazzurri stride four points clear at the summit in their pursuit of a first league title since 2010.
Inter coach Antonio Conte was known for a combative approach during his playing days and, according to Lukaku, he will not accept seeing any of his squad hold back – even when they’re facing each other!
Asked to name the hardest player to go up against in training, the 27-year-old replied: “Training is actually a war zone. Our manager don’t play lol. He doesn’t like it when we hold in haha. I love it.”
Former Chelsea and Manchester United striker Lukaku has formed a successful forward partnership with Lautaro Martinez, who struck twice in the emphatic 3-0 win over city rivals Milan to take his tally in the league this season to 13.
Lukaku was also on target at San Siro on Sunday, in the process becoming the first Inter player to score in four successive derby meetings since 1950.
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“Communication is key! We have a great feel for each other but most importantly we work for the team!” Lukaku tweeted about his on-field connection with Martinez.
Before moving to Italy, Lukaku spent time with four different Premier League clubs.
He started out in England as a teenager with Chelsea and first seriously caught the eye when on loan at West Brom and then Everton, who then signed him for £28million.
Despite being unable to make a significant breakthrough at Stamford Bridge, Lukaku insisted he had “nothing but love” for the Blues, saying: “They gave me an opportunity to come to the Premier League as a kid. You can’t have everything in life and I’m cool with that. I’m glad that experience got me to where I am today.”
There were also kind words for his former United boss in Solskjaer, who was in charge when Lukaku departed Old Trafford in August 2019.
When asked if he had a good relationship with the Norwegian, Lukaku responded: “He is doing great. You guys have to know I love him as a manager and as a person and I wish him nothing but the best.”