The third part of the long interview granted by Romelu Lukaku to the "Corriere dello Sport". In the first the Belgian focused on his impact with Serie A (here), while in the second he analyzed the relationship with Antonio Conte and the comparison with José Mourinho (here). At the center of the third piece, here is the heavy confrontation with Mauro Icardi, in addition to the challenge launched to Zlatan Ibrahimovic should he decide to return to Italy.
BREAKING – Romelu Lukaku has made a strong decision, which will probably change his career. Leaving Manchester must not have been easy, but at some point it was almost necessary: " It was after the game against West Ham at home (April 13th, ed ): Solskjaer decided to line up right wing, a lot wide. The experience in Manchester made me head stronger because not everything went as I had expected: I didn't win what I was hoping for, my performance was not entirely positive and I didn't even feel 100% wanted. Not from the technical staff or from the comrades, but from the people around. After the match against Chelsea , on April 28th, the coach called me for a meeting and I told him what I thought: I wanted to leave. He read in my face that I didn't want to stay any longer and he replied that he didn't intend to keep anyone. He understood my point of view and assured me that he would do everything possible to satisfy me. He earned my respect and, until I left Manchester, there was no problem with him. Even the management helped me: I spoke with Ed Woodward and Matt Judge and everyone understood why I wanted to leave. It was a frank conversation. There was no war, but the decision was shared. This is why the leaders of United and Solskjaer will have my eternal respect " .
COMPARISON – The Inter Milan player took the heavy legacy of Mauro Icardi , 124 goals. Important numbers that raised comparative dust from practically the first game: "There are so many hundred and twenty, but the comparison with Icardi has absolutely not caused me problems of any kind. Mauro with his goals did great things for Inter and when I arrived here he was very kind. We talked like colleagues, he gave me his welcome and he was nice to me. I wish him the best at Paris Saint-Germain and I hope he wins there. But back to what I was saying before, for me no pressure to come after him. We are two different strikers. He had his story here and I just started my adventure. I must continue to score, work every day, help the team and show that Inter did well to buy me ".
CHALLENGES – The rumors of a possible return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Serie A continue to hold the bench. Lukaku and the Swede were companions in Manchester United : " Zlatan is a warrior. We are alike, we have both faced difficult circumstances since we were children and when we talk we understand each other on the fly. Off the field he is one of the three smartest players I've met. Not everyone knows it, but it helped me a lot when I arrived at United: he sat at the back of the team bus with me, we talked a lot and he gave me advice. If he hadn't been injured, playing with him would have been perfect. Even now he is very strong, he has the quality of a champion and above all he has what we call 'dog mentality', the mentality of one who never gives up. I believe he will return to Serie A. Scudetto? We have to think about one game at a time. In Italy over the years many have said they want to win the championship, but it never happened. That's why I say: let's think only of Turin . They really are a good team and it won't be easy. We will have to face them in the right way because they have two strikers of the value of Simone Zaza and Andrea Belotti and it will be necessary to give everything. Champions? We need to win both next races. It is the only thing we can and must do. Still dry in Europe? Yes. I must turn my words into deeds. It is essential to win and pass the round. It would be important for the club and for us players to reach the eighths . "
Source : Il Corriere dello Sport – Pietro Guadagno – Andrea Ramazzotti
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