Belgium boss Roberto Martinez admits he’s ‘happy’ Romelu Lukaku joined Inter Milan this summer, suggesting the striker may have got ‘bored’ of playing for Manchester United.
Lukaku, 26, got off the mark with a goal on his Inter Milan debut in a 4-0 win over newly-promoted Lecce on 26 August and Antonio Conte singled out the ‘gentle giant’ for praise after the final whistle.
The forward only managed 12 league goals for United last term and was understandably delighted to open his Serie A account as he looks to put his torrid time at Old Trafford behind him.
Martinez, who knows more than most what a threat Lukaku can be at his confident best, believes the attacker needed a new challenge and has backed him to thrive working under Conte.
‘Romelu needed a new challenge. Sometimes you get bored of a club,’ Martinez told VTM ahead of Belgium’s clashes with San Marino and Scotland.
‘Working with Conte will please him and the project of Inter, which is to aim for the title, is interesting. ‘I see Lukaku smiling again and that makes me happy.’
Following Inter’s thumping victory over Lecce, Conte praised Lukaku’s attitude since arriving at the club and highlighted the forward’s selflessness on the pitch.
‘Lukaku stepped into the Inter world in the best possible way, with great humility,’ the Italian said.
‘He is a gentle giant, always has a smile on his face. He’s ready to work for the team and at the disposal of his team-mates.
‘I also want to highlight that Lautaro Martinez also played very well and everyone deserves praise today.
‘It was only the first game, so we can celebrate until midnight, but from 00.01 we have to start thinking about the next match with Cagliari.’