Everton star Romelu Lukaku has told the Belgian media he benefited from playing under Roberto Martinez when he was the manager of the Merseyside club. Lukaku was critical of Martinez when he was the Everton coach, and they were reunited when the Spaniard was installed as the Belgium coach.
In an interview with Voetbal Magazine, Lukaku was asked about his relationship with Martinez after playing under him with Everton and now Belgium. The 23-year-old said he’s worked under Martinez for a few years now, so he knows what is expected of him.
The Belgium intentional believes Martinez’s sides played some of the best football, style-wise, in the Premier League, and that he learned a lot being coached by him.
“I worked with Roberto Martinez for three years, I know what he expects of me, where and how to move. Despite the lack of results with Wigan, Martinez, in terms of style, made them one of the best in the Premier League. I understood quickly that I needed such a trainer to get better,” said the Everton forward on Martinez.
Martinez was replaced by Ronald Koeman in the summer after being released by Everton at the end of last season. The Spaniard didn’t have to wait long to get back into football when he was named the Belgium manager in the summer, and even though Lukaku previously made negative comments about him, he’s remained his first-choice striker.
It’s probably why Lukaku is now changing his tune, and revealing that he’s always been a big fan of his national manager.