Belgium head coach, Roberto Martinez claims to have never seen Romelu Lukaku this “free and happy”.
This bit of comment comes after the striker’s shock switch to Inter Milan this summer, where he has scored 2 goals in his first 2 Serie A games.
Lukaku played under Martinez in Belgium’s third-place finish in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The 26-year-old already has 81 caps to his name and 48 international goals for his country. However, his time at Manchester United was not the most rewarding as it is evident right now.
“This is the first time I have seen him free and happy. Going back to many camps I have not seen Rom so focused, so happy, so refreshed by the new challenge,” Martinez told reporters. “I think he is now ready to face one of the biggest footballing chapters in his career with the Inter Milan move. And he is very driven to be as good as he can for the national team, so I have been very impressed with his happiness and the way he is looking forward to the football ahead.
“Romelu is one of the modern footballers in that he was born with the attention, with the media following him at the age of 16 in Belgium – he had media crews following him around seeing what he was doing. He was in a team with expectations to win at Anderlecht with Champions League participation [on top of that].
“Then he had a big transfer to Chelsea. As you know he had his time at West Brom, then a big transfer fee to Everton, another big transfer fee to Manchester United and now to Inter. Romelu does not get affected, he is one of the most driven boys you are going to see. His life is football, he just lives to score goals and to be effective for the national team and at club level.”
Is this a slight dig at Manchester United and of their treatment of the player?
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