‘He has the right characteristics for Antonio Conte’: Gianfranco Zola backs Romelu Lukaku to be a huge hit in Italy if the Belgian striker leaves Man United for Inter Milan
- Inter Milan failed with a £54million bid for Lukaku last weekend
- Lukaku will miss United’s friendly against Spurs on Thursday with an ankle injury
- Speculation continues to grow about a move to Serie A for the Belgian striker
- Chelsea legend Zola believes Lukaku would have a ‘great impact’ in Italy
Former Premier League player and manager Gianfranco Zola believes Romelu Lukaku has the ‘right characteristics’ to succeed in Serie A and to play under Antonio Conte.
Rumours of the Belgian striker moving to Inter Milan from Manchester United have gathered pace, with Lukaku not involved in United’s last three pre-season fixtures due to an ankle knock.
He will also miss Thursday’s friendly against Tottenham in Singapore, and Zola has had his say on Lukaku’s potential transfer.
Romelu Lukaku and Antonio Conte crossed paths on Saturday in Singapore
Gianfranco Zola (centre) was Maurizio Sarri’s (R) assistant at Chelsea last year
‘In addition to the purchases already made, I read that Lukaku could also arrive,’ said Zola, speaking to FC Inter News.
‘He would certainly be a player of great impact, he has the right characteristics for the game of Conte and he is a striker who, coming from a championship like the English one, could find so many advantages in Italy.
‘At the physical and athletic level, the Premier League prepares you really well right now and I am sure he can have a big impact in the Italian championship.’
Lukaku has not played a minute of football during Manchester United’s pre-season tour
Lukaku will miss his fourth game in a row against in Shanghai on Thursday with the ankle injury that has also limited his ability to train with the rest of the squad.
Romelu Lukaku 2018/19
Appearances: 22 (10)
Shots per game: 1.7
Aerials duels won per game: 2.9
(Stats taken from Premier League)
‘Lukaku won’t be fit no,’ said Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. ‘He’s been working with a physio the last few days so he won’t make this one either.
‘Of course, it’s never nice to be a player who misses out on important fitness work and team understanding and tactical approach, so he’ll just have to make up later on then.’
Solskjaer insisted he is happy with the decision to bring Lukaku out to Perth, Singapore and Shanghai even though he hasn’t been able to take part.
Asked if he had any regrets, he added. ‘He got injured in training so he had to stay here. It’s not too bad, if it was worse we’d have sent him home but he’s been working with physios, so no.’