Inter Milan striker, Romelu Lukaku has hit back at former Manchester United star, Gary Neville for his criticism over his professionalism and work ethic, claiming that, “Neville has no right to question that he doesn’t work hard enough”.
Former United star, Neville had questioned Lukaku’s unprofessionalism and weight following his £74million move to Inter earlier in the summer. The Belgian who scored for the Italian side on his Serie A debut, has defended himself, asking for his critics to look at the long list of the managers who have praised his work ethic.
“Don’t question my professionalism. I live for this game. I am at home all the time. I try to do everything to improve. He (Neville) can talk about my fitness but he should never say anything about my professionalism, that I don’t work hard enough. That is something he cannot say. All the coaches I have had say the same thing about me,” Lukaku said to BBC Sport.
Romelu Lukaku: “He [Gary Neville] can talk about my fitness but he should never say anything about my professionalism, that I don’t work hard enough. That is something he cannot say. All the coaches I have had say the same thing about me.” #mulive [bbc]
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“What did Ole Gunnar Solskjaer say when I was on the training ground? What did he say? That I always work hard and always do my best to try and improve myself. Same with Jose Mourinho and Roberto Martinez. Now Antonio Conte will say it.”
“Last year was just a bad year. It happens in football. You just have to move on. I am not going to sit here and react in a negative way.”
The 26-year-old scored 42 goals in 96 appearances for United during his two-year stint with them and despite all the criticism being aimed at him, there was no doubt that he was prolific for them.