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Romelu Lukaku celebrates after netting his first competitive goal for Inter Milan on Monday

Romelu Lukaku was ‘bored’ at Manchester United and needed a new challenge ahead of Inter Milan switch, according to Roberto Martinez

  • Romelu Lukaku swapped Manchester for Milan in a £73million deal this summer
  • He scored on his Inter debut and looked delighted to be playing for his new side
  • Roberto Martinez says Lukaku was ‘bored’ at United and needed a new challenge
  • Belgium boss says his striker was laughing again on his debut for the Serie A side
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Romelu Lukaku was ‘bored’ at Manchester United and needed to leave for his own happiness, according to his international boss Roberto Martinez. 

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The Belgium striker has since switched Old Trafford for Inter Milan, and he scored on his competitive debut against Lecce on Monday night. 

Lukaku will be hoping to reignite his career following the £73million move, and Martinez admits he needed to move on from England.

Romelu Lukaku celebrates after netting his first competitive goal for Inter Milan on Monday

Romelu Lukaku celebrates after netting his first competitive goal for Inter Milan on Monday

Antonio Conte will be hoping to rejuvenate the Belgian striker's career in Serie A this season

Antonio Conte will be hoping to rejuvenate the Belgian striker's career in Serie A this season

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Antonio Conte will be hoping to rejuvenate the Belgian striker’s career in Serie A this season

‘Romelu needed a new challenge. Sometimes you get bored of a club,’ he said.

‘Working with Conte will please him and the project of Inter, who will chase the title, is interesting. I saw Lukaku laugh again and it made me happy.’

Lukaku’s career had turned slightly stale at United, and he heads to Serie A with the bit between his teeth, ready to prove plenty of doubters wrong.

After arriving in Italy though, Corriere dello Sport claimed he was overweight and out of shape due to missing most of United’s pre-season preparations. 

Lukaku has worked hard since arriving at Inter, training on his days off to get into top shape
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Lukaku has worked hard since arriving at Inter, training on his days off to get into top shape

Lukaku has worked hard since arriving at Inter, training on his days off to get into top shape

Roberto Martinez, Lukaku's Belgium coach, says he was bored at United and needed a change

Roberto Martinez, Lukaku's Belgium coach, says he was bored at United and needed a change

Roberto Martinez, Lukaku’s Belgium coach, says he was bored at United and needed a change

The Italian news outlet claimed that the Belgium international was 104kg while Inter wanted him to be below 100kg.

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The 26-year-old trained on his days off to shed the extra weight, and was fit enough to play for his new side in their season opener this week.

They thrashed Lecce 4-0 and Lukaku was on the scoresheet, leading to his manager noting that ‘tonight showed why we tried so hard’ to sign him.