‘Everything has improved’ – Conte heaps praise on ‘rough diamond’ Lukaku

Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte has heaped praise on prolific striker Romelu Lukaku, the Belgian having taken his game to a new level since his arrival in Serie A.

The 27-year-old joined the Italian giants in the summer of 2019 after a somewhat underwhelming two-year spell at Manchester United. The Belgium international had netted 113 Premier League goals in total across spells at Chelsea, West Brom, Everton and United, although was often perhaps harshly criticised for both his touch and his ability to deliver on the biggest stage.

To his credit, Lukaku has proved the doubters wrong in superb style in Italy, scoring 41 goals in 57 games since arriving at the San Siro as well as continuing to deliver for his country, the forward putting in an excellent display in the 2-1 defeat to England in the Nations League earlier this month.

Lukau has now scored a remarkable 55 goals for his country in just 87 appearances since making his debut in 2010, a record that has seen him move way ahead as Belgium’s highest ever goalscorer.

For club or country the former Anderlecht man seems simply unstoppable at present and scored his side’s opener in the 2-0 victory over Genoa on Saturday. After that performance Inter boss Conte was full of praise for the forward, revealing that the player is a “different player” to the one who first arrived at the Nerazzurri. 

‘Romelu is a different player to what he was a year ago,’ Conte told Sky Sport Italia.

‘I always said in the past he was a rough diamond that I wanted to work with.

‘He is working and you can see just the way he receives the ball, the way he moves, everything has improved.’

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