Italy World Cup winner Alessandro Altobelli believes Romelu Lukaku won’t return to Inter, while the Nerazzurri should bring back Antonio Conte or José Mourinho if Simone Inzaghi leaves.



The Nerazzurri have qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals and the Coppa Italia semis but are 21 points below table leaders Napoli.

Inzaghi is under pressure with nine Serie A defeats this term and his future at the club is uncertain despite a contract expiring in June 2024.

“Inter have a good team, but I am not happy with the results,” Altobelli, a former Inter and Italy striker, told Tuttosport.

“You can’t lose nine games out of 27 in Serie A. I also don’t like the fact that they’ve conceded too many goals. The Nerazzurri are not showing their actual worth.

“Inzaghi has won three trophies and he has qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals, but I still think he should aim for more with this team.”

Thiago Motta is one of the potential successors of Inzaghi, but 1982 World Cup winner Altobeli believes the ex-Italy international needs “more experience” before being appointed by the Nerazzurri.

So, who could replace Inzaghi if he leaves in the summer?

“I would be unsure between Conte and Mourinho. I think they are two great coaches, they have already won at Inter and I am sure they would bring more trophies,” claimed Altobelli.

Romelu Lukaku scored a hat-trick for Belgium on Friday but has only managed five in 19 appearances with the Serie A giants this season and will return to Chelsea in the summer.

It remains to be seen if Inter will try to bring him back to the club in 2023-24.

“He is a particular striker; with Conte he was a key player,” noted Altobelli.

“He is not the same Lukaku now and I think his time at Inter is over unless he shows something extraordinary before the end of the season.”

Altobelli’s interview was released by Tuttosport newspaper on Saturday, so it had been released before Lukaku’s hat-trick for Belgium against Sweden on Friday night.

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