Simone Inzaghi feels that there are no doubts about everything he did to bring Romelu Lukaku back to Inter Milan.
The coach spoke to Italian broadcaster DAZN after his team’s Serie A victory over Roma, via FCInterNews. He reacted to the 1-0 victory, and also gave his thoughts on Lukaku.
By now, the story between Inter and Lukaku is well-known.
The Belgian decided to negotiate with the likes of Juventus and AC Milan whilst the Nerazzurri had been trying to sign him. Then, Lukaku became unreachable for Inter altogether.
What’s not been entirely clear yet is why Lukaku had seemingly become ambivalent against Inter.
The 30-year-old had all but forced through a loan move from Chelsea last summer.
And suddenly, there seemed to be a complete lack of enthusiasm about rejoining Inter.
There had been some rumours of a rift between Lukaku and Inter coach Inzaghi.
One of the main reasons for this was that Lukaku frequently didn’t start in the biggest matches last season. Instead, it was Edin Dzeko who often got the nod.
It was the Bosnian who started in the Champions League final.
But on the other hand, Inzaghi had been one of Lukaku’s main sponsors last summer. And by all accounts, the 47-year-old was keen to plan for this season around the Belgian as well.
Inzaghi: Everyone Knows How Hard I Tried To Bring Lukaku To Inter
Asked if he crossed paths with Lukaku this evening, Inzaghi made clear that “We haven’t seen each other.”
“I’ve already expressed my thoughts on Lukaku,” the 47-year-old continued.
“Everyone knows how much I did to bring him back, and then how much I tried to bring him back against,” the coach continued.
“His decision was to go somewhere else. Personally I’ve never come to terms with that.”
“I haven’t met with him again yet,” the Inter coach made clear.
He then hit out that “The choices I’ve made have always been for the good of Inter. I’ve never made choices for the benefit of one individual player.”
And Inzaghi also gave his thoughts on striker Marcus Thuram.
“We all knew his qualities,” he said of the Frenchman.
“After the first week we understood that he could do extremely well.”
“There were no doubts about his performance,” the coach went on. “He’s fortunate to know the language very well.”
“He’s fit in very well thanks to his teammates,” the Inter coach made clear.
And the Inter coach also praised midfielder Kristjan Asllani.
“He came here and immediately showed great personality,” he said of the Albanian.
“He’s growing a lot.”
“He knows it’s different from being at Empoli,” Inzaghi noted. “But he’s carving out a great niche for himself.”