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‘It’s real work at Inter’ – Lukaku explains difference between Premier League and Serie A training demands

By Ben Green

Published: 18:17, 14 August 2019

Romelu Lukaku has hit out at the Premier League just six days after completing his £70m switch from Manchester United to Inter Milan.

The Belgian forward has been preparing for the new Serie A season with Inter for less than a week but has already labelled training in Italy as “real work” compared to that of the English top-flight.

Lukaku’s PL dig: Five things to know… 

  • Lukaku completed his “dream” move to Serie A on August 8 for £70m.
  • He joins up with Antonio Conte, who had previously courted him during his stint as Chelsea boss.
  • The Italian tactician is widely renowned for his intense training sessions.
  • Italy international Emanuele Giaccherini, among others, has previously described Conte’s sessions as  “shocking”.
  • And Lukaku has now testified to that assumption by describing his new training regime as “real work”.

Nerazzurri head coach Antonio Conte has built a reputation for his vigorous training sessions, which is believed by some to have been a main source of his eventual Chelsea decline.

And Lukaku has now reaffirmed that perception after he described his new training regime in Milan as “different” to his previous one at Old Trafford.

When asked by Otro about his new training plan, Lukaku replied: “It’s hard man. It’s different. In England, it’s a lot of work. But over here, it’s real work.”

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Lukaku eyeing success

Lukaku has already wooed Inter supporters after he netted a clinical four goals during the club’s 8-0 mauling of Virtus Bergamo in a friendly over the weekend.

He will now be hoping to replicate that sort of form in Serie A, trying to help one of Italian football’s sleeping giants thwart Juventus’ domestic stranglehold.

“The city is nice. I don’t mind,” Lukaku said. “I didn’t come to live. I came here to help the team achieve something.”

Inter kickstart their campaign at home to Lecce on August 26.