Romelu Lukaku returned on Monday for pre-season training and underlined his excitement to work under new manager Simone Inzaghi, who he believes can replicate Antonio Conte’s work with Inter Milan.
The Nerazzurri won their first Scudetto since the 2009-10 season, taking the title four days early, thanks to a streak of 20 unbeaten games at the end of the season.
Despite Conte’s Scudetto campaign, the Italian coach left by mutual agreement in May before Inzaghi, who had previously been with Lazio, was named at San Siro.
And after returning to Italy following Belgium’s exit from the Euro 2020 semi-final, Lukaku, who scored 24 goals in 36 league games while also providing 11 assists in 2020-21, revealed how hungry he is to work with Inzaghi towards further successes.
“We had a good chat the day the club announced that he would be the new manager and we also talked when I was at the European Championships,” Lukaku told Inter media on Monday.
“My brother also told me a lot about him. He is a good coach. I think it will help the team achieve so much.
“We hope to be able to work together to continue the path we have started”.
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Only in 2016-17 at Everton the striker (25 goals) scored more times in one of the top five European leagues than last season and the Belgian promised to chase more wins in 2021-22.
“We now have a few weeks to better prepare for the new campaign,” added the 28-year-old. “We hope to do well and to do even more than last year.
“I am thrilled to be back. We hope to continue on the path we started and continue to win. All players will work hard to make your dreams come true ”.
Inter will begin their defense of the title at home against Genoa on 21 August, having faced Atletico Madrid on 7 August in the last friendly pre-season.