Romelu Lukaku’s wish to leave Manchester United in the summer transfer window was fulfilled after the Red Devils agreed a deal with Inter Milan.
The Belgium international was no longer the first choice striker at Old Trafford after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho last December. This was one of the main reasons the 26-year-old was pushing for a move away from the Premier League side.
Lukaku completed a switch to the San Siro and will play under the guidance of Antonio Conte, who tried to sign him for Chelsea in 2017.
Italian website TuttoMercatoWeb interviewed the frontman’s former manager, Ariel Jacobs, who handed him his first team debut at Anderlecht.
In Lukaku’s second season at Manchester United, he was subjected to heavy criticism from a section of fans and pundits.
While talking about the extra motivation with which Lukaku arrives at Inter, Jacbos said: “I saw him determined and aware in the first few days. Lukaku has a great desire to silence all the criticism he received at Manchester United.
“The fact of being back from a difficult season, first of all at the level of club, will surely be an assist for Inter and for Romelu himself.”
Lukaku’s physicality was questioned when the striker went through a rough phase at United.
Responding to that, Jacobs stressed: “Lukaku has always received this kind of criticism, at Manchester [United] and also in the national team. He has always responded with goals.
“Romelu is a pure number 9… even the likes of Chiellini and Bonucci will have difficulty marking him. Of course, he will need some time to adapt to the Italian championship, but I think he can do very well and score many goals in Serie A.”