Roberto Martinez has this evening provided his take on Romelu Lukaku departing Manchester United for Inter Milan, on the back of the hitman’s scoring debut.
Following weeks of mounting speculation, confirmation of Lukaku’s United exit finally arrived 3 weeks ago.
The Belgian secured a deadline day move to Serie A giants Inter Milan, for a fee which could eventually reach almost £74 million:
🚨 | BIG ANNOUNCEMENT@RomeluLukaku9 è un giocatore dell’Inter! 🇧🇪⚫🔵
— Inter (@Inter) August 8, 2019
United’s decision to part ways with Lukaku came after the 26-year-old struggled to just 15 goals across all competitions last season.
In addition, the new high-tempo, technical brand of football which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been attempting to introduce is evidently far more suited to some of the other attacking options at the disposal of the Norwegian tactician.
‘Needed a new challenge’
Lukaku went on to make his competitive debut for Inter last night, in a home meeting with Serie A newcomers Lecce.
And the hitman’s start, which also came as Antonio Conte’s first outing in charge of the Milanese giants, went exactly according to plan, as Lukaku found the net en route to a routine 4-0 win.
One individual, meanwhile, who is delighted to see the now-former Manchester United man back in action and scoring goals is Lukaku’s international boss Roberto Martinez.
Speaking on the back of the Belgian’s first outing in the colours of the Nerazzurri, Martinez suggested that Lukaku had become ‘bored’ with life at Old Trafford, explaining:
‘Romelu needed a new challenge. Sometimes you get bored of a club. Working with Conte will please him and the project of Inter, who will chase the title, is interesting. I saw Lukaku laugh again and it made me happy.’
Quotes via Goal