Romelu Lukaku has hit back at Manchester United legend Gary Neville, telling the former defender not to ‘question’his professionalism.
Neville was a constant critic of the striker during his time at Old Trafford, suggesting the Belgian’s departure from United was good riddance, after claiming he was ‘overweight’ on twitter.
But the Belgium international took exception to Neville’s comments in an interview on Friday.
“Last year was just a bad year. It happens in football. You just have to move on. I am not going to sit here and react in a negative way.
Andy he admitted he was overweight ! He is over 100kg! He’s a Manchester United player!
He will score goals and do well at Inter Milan but unprofessionalism is contagious ? ! ?
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) August 8, 2019
“We are grown men. He is a pundit. He gets paid to say this kind of stuff. I am paid to play football. I just want to do my best for Inter Milan. That is it.”
Lukaku has now lost half a stone in weight after sticking to a strict nutrition regime under Inter boss Antonio Conte.
Lukaku was accused of being overweight towards the end of his time at Manchester United and reportedly weighed 104 kg upon joining Inter.
However, The Daily Mail revealed on Thursday Lukaku has adopted a new diet under Conte, who is passionate about his players following a specific ‘Bresaola diet’.
Lukaku on G Neville: “He can speak maybe about the fitness, but don’t ever talk about my professionalism. He is a pundit, he gets paid to say certain kinds of stuff, I’m paid to play football.” #mufc [BBC] pic.twitter.com/NcNaU57tuY
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) August 31, 2019
As part of the Belgian’s diet, fried food, mozzarella and alcohol are firmly off the menu, though Lukaku has had no problem with the latter having always been teetotal.
In their place, a Mediterranean menu of vegetables and protein-rich white meats such as turkey and chicken have helped him to shed the pounds.
Lukaku appears to be reaping the benefits of his weight loss on the pitch, after scoring on his Inter debut in their 4-0 Serie A win over Lecce.
He is likely to feature on Sunday evening when his side take on Cagliari.