Romelu Lukaku has insisted that an increase in intensity from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to Antonio Conte at Inter Milan has helped reinvigorate his career this season.
The Belgian has helped inspire Antonio Conte’s side to join the Serie A title race alongside Juventus and Lazio, with a nine-point gap to the champions – though Inter have a game in hand.
And Lukaku admits he has seen a big difference on the training pitch since arriving in Italy, while also finding an especially close group of players.
“One bad year can happen to everybody in their career. It was just done for me,” the 26-year-old said in a conversation with Ian Wright on his YouTube channel. “It was a difficult situation for me. I had to make a decision.
“I had to go somewhere where I can learn other aspects of my game, work with somebody who wanted me.
”Yes [it bothered me that people were talking about my shape], it got to my head.
“Training is different, here you work hard. They work you hard. Speak to Ashley Young.
”There’s a lot of difference, here the team is the team, there’s like team bonding, we have two or three team dinners every three weeks, all together, nobody misses out.
“Everybody is there. Sometimes it is one player or two players, they’ll say I want to pay for dinner.
” We just kept doing it. The team is good, we have quality, but everything is about the team.
“When you see how we play, everybody works, we are the most aggressive team in the league.
”The manager puts it in us. Be aggressive and press, the physical preparation.”
Lukaku is currently in quarantine in Milan due to the coronavirus pandemic.