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Romelu Lukaku: I left Man Utd to play under the “best manager in the world” at Inter

By Ollie Thomas

Published: 16:32, 9 August 2019 | Updated: 22:20, 14 December 2022

Romelu Lukaku has described new boss Antonio Conte as the “best manager in the world”.

Lukaku finally completed his move to Inter yesterday for an initial €65m from Man Utd after a transfer saga which lasted for most of the summer.

Lukaku completes Inter move: Five things to know…

  • Lukaku scored 15 goals for Man Utd last season.
  • Despite being their leading scorer, he fell out of favour with Solskjaer.
  • Utd had rejected a bid from Inter earlier in the window.
  • A proposed swap deal with Juventus also fell through.
  • Lukaku secured his transfer on deadline day.

Speaking to the official Inter website, Lukaku said: “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.

“I chose Inter because of the Club’s project. 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 were the only club I wanted, because Inter is Not For Everyone.”

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“I’m here to bring the Nerazzurri back to the top.”

To say that the Serie A is a monopoly is something of an understatement.

Juventus are bidding to win their ninth Scudetto on the bounce this season: Inter’s rivals AC Milan were the last side to beat the Old Lady to Italy’s championship back in 2010/11.

Inter ended up fourth last season, securing Champions League football, but were disappointed not to kick on after multiple signings in the summer of 2018. They also exited the Champions League at the group stage following a capitulation in their final three games, which saw them pick up just one point.

However, they can go into this season with a renewed sense of optimism. Antonio Conte has a proven track record in Italy and Romelu Lukaku is a more than adequate replacement for the wantaway Mauro Icardi.

After impressive results against PSG and Spurs in pre-season, Inter will hope that they can push title-favourites and holders Juventus all the way during 2019/20.