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Sunday June 14 2020
Martinez: 'Mertens in his prime'

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez relished a ‘fantastic’ Coppa Italia game between Napoli and Inter. ‘Dries Mertens is at the prime of his career.’

The semi-final ended 1-1 at the Stadio San Paolo last night, sending the Partenopei through 2-1 on aggregate.

Mertens scored the equaliser, making history with his 122nd goal for the club, a new all-time record.

“It was an incredible match, fantastic,” Martinez told Belgian television RTBF.

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Friday June 12 2020
Martinez: 'Mertens right to stay at Napoli'

Belgium CT Roberto Martinez claims Dries Mertens made ‘the right decision’ when he agreed to stay at Napol: “He wants to write history.”

Napoli host Inter on Saturday and Martinez thinks the whole of Belgium are excited to watch two of their biggest stars fight for a place in the Final of the Coppa Italia.

Inter forward Romelu Lukaku has scored twice in three Cup games for the Nerazzurri this term, but it’s Mertens’ Napoli who enter the match with an advantage after winning the first leg 1-0 at San Siro.

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Friday May 15 2020
Belgian league over, player quarantined

The 2019-20 edition of Belgium’s top tier is officially over, while a Bundesliga player has been forced to self-isolate.

The Jupiler Pro League had long been expected to close its doors early, with there being only game left of the regular season.

Club Brugge are crowned champions, with Gent joining them in the Champions League, while Charleroi, Antwerp and Standard Liege go into the Europa League.

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Saturday May 2 2020
Lukaku: 'Man on a mission'

Inter striker Romelu Lukaku says he is ‘a man on the mission’ with ‘all this energy inside me’ from Belgium’s semi-final exit at the 2018 World Cup.

Lukaku became Inter’s most expensive signing last summer, when he arrived from Manchester United in a deal worth €80m.

He was also part of the Belgium side who finished third at the 2018 World Cup, narrowly losing to champions France in the last four.

“I’m a man on a mission,” he told Bleacher Report.

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Saturday April 25 2020
Martinez: 'Stop criticising Lukaku'

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez complains pundits spend too much time nit-picking with Inter striker Romelu Lukaku. “Nobody would talk about Diego Maradona not using his right foot.”

The coach spoke to The Times newspaper after Lukaku made an impressive start to his Inter career, scoring 23 goals in 35 competitive games.

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Tuesday April 21 2020
Lukaku: 'I could become a coach'

Romelu Lukaku revealed he wants to play until the age of 36, end his career at Anderlecht and become a coach. “I’ll never be a TV pundit!”

The Inter striker spoke to Kar Kerkhofs on Instagram – a Belgian TV presenter who also happens to be married to Dries Mertens – about his future plans.

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Monday April 6 2020
Report: Inter lead chase for Vertonghen

Inter are reportedly in pole position to sign Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, but will allegedly face competition from Napoli and Roma.

The Belgium international has emerged as a transfer target among the top clubs in Italy as his current deal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is set to expire in June.

La Gazzetta dello Sport has claimed that Inter are ready to part ways with Diego Godin after only one season to accommodate for the 32-year-old former Ajax defender.

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Friday April 3 2020
UEFA: 'No CL if you stop now'

UEFA has warned Belgian clubs that they face expulsion from its 2020-21 club competitions if their domestic campaign ends early.

The Jupiler Pro League has thrown its support behind stopping the 19-20 campaign now, with Club Brugge – 15 points clear at the top, one game away from the championship playoffs – due to be crowned title-winners.

However, UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin made it clear resuming the season once the coronavirus pandemic had cleared up was the priority as he issued a threat to leagues that had other ideas.

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Thursday April 2 2020
Belgium crown Club Brugge early champions

The Jupiler Pro League in Belgium has become the first major European competition to assign a winner, terminating the season early due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Their tournament was suspended on April 30 and, although Belgium is by no means one of the hardest hit areas in this pandemic, they have decided it won’t be possible to resume the 2019-20 campaign.

Club Brugge have therefore been named champions of Belgium, although in fairness they were only one game away from concluding the regular phase.

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Friday February 14 2020
Lukaku: 'Why prefer Michy to Romelu?'

Lazio wing-back Jordan Lukaku can’t understand why some prefer Michy Batshuayi to Romelu Lukaku. “He dribbles a lot, but a striker is meant to score goals.”

The two brothers will face off at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday at 19.45 GMT, click here for a match preview.

Ahead of the Serie A encounter, Eleven Sports interviewed Jordan Lukaku and he had something to say about those who criticise his brother.

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