Lukaku says he always expected to become his country's top scorer
has been reborn in Inter and Serie A after three relatively weak seasons at Manchester United and has become one of the best strikers in the world of football. In an interview, Romulo Lukaku claimed that he was aware of his responsibility in the Inter squad and credits Mourinho & Martinez for development.
The Belgian star has scored 11 goals in 13 Serie A appearances so far this season, including six in his last seven games.
Asked by Sport/Voetbalmagazine if he thought he was deserving of a top-five tag, Lukaku had no time for false humility.
Now? In the past five months
, yes," he said. "
I don't want to rank that group from one to five, but I'm part of it right now
Although Lukaku has made great strides at the San Siro under Conte, he believes that Jose Mourinho and Roberto Martinez have been instrumental in his progress.
"Mourinho taught me to work better with the team, both in terms of pressing and to position me better on the field. Just look at what he's doing with Harry Kane now.
"I used to love vertical football. I found myself to be most dangerous when I was facing the goal. I am fast, I can eliminate my direct opponent with a dribble, or swerve to the left or the right. That was my game in the past, also because I was often in teams that played on the counter. But the national team has obliged me to adjust my playing style.
"With Belgium, we quickly became a team that had the most possession and got the least space [to play in]. Roberto Martinez did everything he could to make me feel more comfortable with my back to goal, both with the national team and back at Everton.
"At the age of 20, I still had a lot to learn. But I soon realised that if I could train that aspect of my play, I could do what I wanted in a match."
With 57 goals in 89 games, Lukaku is Belgium's all-time top scorer. Having made his debut ten years ago, he says the title of top scorer was one he always expected to gain.
My advantage is that I became a professional at a young age
," Lukaku noted.
"Despite my difficult first years with the national team, I was 100 per cent sure that I would one day become the top scorer of all time, not least because I have been surrounded by top players for years. If you have been on the field for so long, it makes sense that you will break a few records."