Former Manchester United striker, Romelu Lukaku has directed a gibe at the English Premier League, stating that unlike in England, training in Italian Serie A is “real work.”
Every football fans believe the Premier League is the “hardest” league in the world especially their training but Lukaku has surprisingly debunk that claiming the Serie A is where you have to work more compared to England.
The Belgium international made a £74million (€80m/$90m) move to Inter Milan from United last week, putting a close to a summer of doubt at Old Trafford. The former Everton striker was considered surplus to requirements under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who preferred other options like Marcus Rashford ahead of Lukaku after he took over the Red Devils in December 2018.
In two seasons at Old Trafford, Lukaku scored 28 goals in 66 appearances for United. The 26-year-old has already felt at home with Inter, scoring four times in his side’s outstanding friendly win against Virtus Bergamo at the weekend.
Perhaps part of his strong start is down to the training sessions in Italy, which Lukaku believes are more effective than they were in England. When asked by Otro about training, Lukaku replied in a video posted to Instagram: “It’s hard man. It’s different. In England, it’s a lot of work. But over here, it’s real work.”
Lukaku spent eight seasons overall in England after joining Chelsea from Anderlecht in 2011, representing West Brom, Everton and Manchester United in addition to the Blues. But the Belgian looks happy to have secured the move to Italy, though he doesn’t seem too interested in seeing the sights in Milan.
“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.”
Lukaku also appears to be adjusting to the food, simply saying “salad” with a laugh when asked how he likes the cuisine in Italy. The Belgian will now turn his attention toward the first game of the Serie A season, with Inter set to host newly-promoted Lecce at San Siro on August 26.
They then look forward to fixtures with Cagliari and Udinese, before the first Milan derby of the new campaign on September 21. Inter are looking to improve upon a fourth-place finish last season under Luciano Spalletti, with the former boss having now been replaced by Antonio Conte.