Romelu Lukaku has aimed a thinly-veiled swipe at Manchester United by claiming he is now doing ‘real work’ at Inter.
The striker completed his long-awaited move to Italy last week when he joining the Serie A club for a fee of £72million.
Lukaku made no secret of his desire to play in Italy and even took to training with former club Anderlecht before the move went through.
The Belgian marksman played no part in United’s pre-season campaign this summer and he angered Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by posting running statistics from one of the team’s training sessions on social media.
And now Lukaku has risked ruffling more feathers at his former club by insisting he does ‘real work’ at Inter.
“It’s hard, man,” Lukaku told Otro. “It’s different. In England, it’s a lot of work, but here it’s real work.”
The 26-year-old also hinted he has been placed on stricter diet by San Siro chief Antonio Conte as when he was asked about the Italian food he has eaten so far he replied: ‘Salad.’
Lukaku made a dream debut for his new club after scoring four goals in an 8-0 victory against Serie D minnows Bergamo.
Meanwhile, former West Ham boss Sam Allardyce believes Solskjaer has made the wrong decision selling the forward.
Allardyce told talkSPORT: “There’s been a little bit of grumbling about the lack of spending. I think the net spend has not quite been as good as the United fans expected.
“This is my point of view as a manager, nobody else’s; I wouldn’t have let Lukaku go because they had no replacement.
“Manchester United look a bit short up front and that is a problem.
“If you have the replacement then that’s fine but if you look at Manchester United’s front line then you say to yourself that it’s very talented but also very similar.
“I don’t think you need to be very experienced in the game to know that.
“It eludes to only one style of play… I find that rather strange when you consider the game today and it’s the diversity of the game which is what makes the Premier League so good.”