Inter Milan star Federico Dimarco reveals that the departure of Romelu Lukaku saddened him as the two men were close last season.

The 25-year-old has just returned from international duty after featuring for Italy in the nation’s last two European qualifiers.

The Nerazzurri fan favorite started for the Azzurri in the 4-0 win over Malta at the San Nicola Stadium in Bari.

However, Luciano Spalletti opted to start Destiny Udogie in the Wembley clash against England. Dimarco eventually came off the bench after an hour of play.

Despite the setback against the Tree Lions, the left-back believes Italy will overcome all obstacles and book their place in Euro 2024.

“We’re still optimistic. We will do everything we can to make it. The matches are all difficult,” said Dimarco during his appearance on ‘Stasera c’è Cattelan’ via FcInterNews.

“I certainly believe that maintaining concentration is a fundamental part of our job. As soon as we lack concentration on the pitch, anything can happen.

“It’s not easy to isolate yourself from criticism, maybe you turn on the TV and see a news story. It’s not easy, but the player must be good at isolating himself.”

Inter Milan Wingback Federico Dimarco Spoke About His Disappointment With The Exit Of Romelu Lukaku

Dimarco also spoke about his rapport with the club. He’s been an avid Inter supporter since childhood.

“Being from Milano and playing for the club I supported as a child is truly an incredible feeling.

“In some moments, I hit low points. Like when I broke my metatarsal in Sion or when I broke my adductor tendon in Parma.

“But thanks to the experience at Hellas Verona and the coach [Ivan Juric] I earned my spot at Inter.”

Finally, the 25-year-old talked about Romelu Lukaku’s controversial departure following a chaotic summer transfer saga.

“What we read in the papers eventually ensued. I felt sad because I was close to Lukaku during the whole season. I don’t want to go into details because he plays for another club now.

“The clash against Roma? We are excited about it like any other match.”