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Conte was key to Inter decision – Lukaku

Published:Saturday | August 10, 2019 | 12:23 AM
Striker Romelu Lukaku waves at Inter Milan supporters from a window of the Italian Olympic Committee’s headquarters, in Milan, Italy, Thursday, August 8, 2019, after making the switch to the Serie A club from Manchester United.
Striker Romelu Lukaku waves at Inter Milan supporters from a window of the Italian Olympic Committee’s headquarters, in Milan, Italy, Thursday, August 8, 2019, after making the switch to the Serie A club from Manchester United.

MILAN (AP):

New Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku says Nerazzurri coach Antonio Conte was a key factor in his decision to join the Serie A club.

Lukaku completed a move from Manchester United on Thursday for a reported 65 million euros plus up to 13 million euros in bonuses.

Conte also joined Inter in the offseason and in his first interview as a Nerazzurri player yesterday, Lukaku was asked how much of an influence the former Chelsea coach’s presence had in him choosing the club.

‘Best manager’

Lukaku says: “A lot. For me ... he’s the best manager in the world. He’s somebody that can make players better all the time. You can see his record.”

The 26-year-old Lukaku has been given Mauro Icardi’s No. 9 jersey — another sign that the former Inter captain is on his way out of the club.

Icardi was stripped of the captaincy and dropped from the squad midway through last season.