Lukaku labels Conte as ‘the best manager in the world’ amid Inter Milan transfer talk

Romelu Lukaku has labelled Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte as ‘the best manager in the world’, amid speculation the Belgian could move to the San Siro this summer.

Conte was appointed as Inter’s new head coach last month, and reports suggest the Italian side could launch a move to bring Lukaku to Serie A as he bids to strengthen his squad this summer.

Lukaku’s Manchester United future is uncertain after falling out-of-favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the 26-year-old making no secret of his desire to one day move to Italy.

“I was always a big fan of the Italian league,” Lukaku told Sport Mediaset. “I have two leagues which I always dreamed about which are the English league and the Serie A.

“So for me the Serie A is my favourite league as well – I love Italy.

“With the transfer of [Cristiano] Ronaldo, I think the Italian league is now coming back. Antonio Conte going back to Inter Milan, which is really good because he is, to me, the best manager in the world.

“And then you have Maurizio Sarri going to Juventus and [Carlo] Ancelotti at Napoli. So I think Serie A will be really exciting next year and I’m really happy for Italian football.”

Conte was reportedly keen to sign Lukaku whilst manager at Chelsea before the forward joined Manchester United in a £75m deal from Everton in 2017.

Lukaku was full of praise for the 49-year-old, though says he will leave talks to his agent over a proposed summer move.

“He [Conte] knows what I think about him,” Lukaku added. “I’m not somebody who likes to talk about my personal relationships with managers, but you know, I’m a player of Manchester United and I have to respect my club.

“And if something happens, the teams and my agent have to do the talking. I have my decision and stay outside.”