Martinez explains how ‘obsessed’ Lukaku evolved at Inter

by | Oct 7, 2021 13:58

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez praises Romelu Lukaku and believes the Chelsea striker joined Inter ‘at the right time and with the right coach.’

The Belgian forward spent two seasons with the Nerazzurri, scoring 64 goals in 95 appearances. He won the Serie A title in his second and last season at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

Former Inter coach Antonio Conte pushed to work with him at Inter and eventually secured the striker’s signature in 2018 when Lukaku joined the Serie A giants from Manchester United in a €75m deal.

“Romelu [Lukaku] as an individual has an obsessive approach to become better. Not many footballers have that degree of wanting to improve and be better,” Belgium coach Martinez told Goal.com.

“That has been a great strength of his. He went to Italy at the right time and he was in the right place with the right coach.”

Lukaku left the Nerazzurri in the summer, making a shock return to Chelsea.

The Blues paid €115m to sign the 28-year-old who had left Stamford Bridge in 2013.

Lukaku has now returned to Italy, where he will play in the Nations League Final Four.

Tonight, his Belgium side face France in the semi-finals at the Allianz Stadium. The winning team will meet Spain in the Final at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Sunday night.

The losing side will face Roberto Mancini’s Italy in the third-place Final on Sunday afternoon.

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    Inter secured the striker’s signature in 2019, not 2018

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