Friday February 26 2021
Martinez: 'Lukaku a complete player thanks to Conte'

Belgium CT Roberto Martinez said Romelu Lukaku can thank Inter coach Antonio Conte for ‘becoming a complete player’.

The 27-year-old continues to impress with the Nerazzurri, contributing 17 goals in 22 Serie A games this term, taking his total tally to 57 in 81 competitive games since moving to Inter.

And Martinez believes the move from Manchester United to the Beneamata came at ‘the perfect moment’ for the former Chelsea and Everton striker.

“He scores like few others,” Martinez told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Create and score, create and score, create and score…

“He arrived in Milan at the perfect moment. He became a complete player, obviously thanks to Conte.

“Today, at his age, there are no striker as strong as him.”

Martinez explained the Belgium international ‘always had the potential’ to become a decisive player and said his achievements aren’t a fluke.

“In the past, Romelu always had the potential to be able to do what he is demonstrating in Milan,” he continued. “For me it’s not a surprise.

“For the first time in history, a played scored in five consecutive derbies. It happened to Lukaku, it can’t be a coincidence."