Thu 11 August 2022 | 9:59

Martinez on Lukaku’s Inter return and ‘extraordinary’ De Ketelaere

Roberto Martinez expected Romelu Lukaku to make a move back to the Nerazzurri and he highlighted the ‘extraordinary ability’ of Charles De Ketelaere in attack.

Romelu Lukaku

went back to


last month on a loan contract from


after making the move to the Blues 12 months ago on a club record-breaking deal.

Charles De Ketelaere

, who penned with Milan last week, following a tough negotiation with Club Brugge, who are hopeful to prove his quality in Serie A this season.

As per reports from

La Gazzetta dello Sport

, Martinez first talked about the Belgium international’s return to the Nerazzurri and how he can affect the upcoming season.

“Lukaku has come home at Inter. I’ve known Romelu for years, I’m not at all surprised by his choice and his determination to return to Milan whatever the cost, it was what he wanted. 

“He gave a lot to Inter already in his first experience and, between the Europa League final and the Scudetto, he created an emotional bond with the Inter fans that has never been broken. 

“More than a sports project, Rom espoused a feeling. Let’s start here. He went in search of emotions that are independent of victories. Let’s talk about heart and not just football. 

“Then I see him absolutely focused on what he wants, which is to win with the team he loves, he will give everything to prove that he is as decisive as the first time. Romelu is a very modern and total striker. He adapts to different systems, it’s not true that you can only play one way with him. 

“He can be the reference point in a quick game directed toward the forwards, he can be useful in physical battles, but he is also good at combining with his teammates in a manoeuvred system as in Belgium. 

“That is why he will adapt very well to a new coach and teammates who, in the process, have changed. I have no doubt about the impact he will have on Inter and Serie A.” 

The coach then commented on Divock Origi and his move to the Rossoneri as a free agent.

“Origi is mature and has had the privilege of being in an incredible locker room like Liverpool’s. Although he played little from the start, he decided many games. Now he has the right desire to start from the beginning, also because Divock has a gift. 

“In difficult moments, he suddenly appears and decides. I think he is ready to be in a new team of Milan’s level, it’s important for his teammates to show him the way after the Scudetto.” 

At the end, he talked about De Ketelaere, whose future is very bright after his move to Milan from Club Brugge.

“De Ketelaere steals your attention, leaves you speechless with technical ability, flexibility, elegance of play. He has a coordination, a skill in the final pass and in shooting at goal that few others at his age have in Europe. Let’s focus on the pitch and not on comparisons. 

“Charles has always grown, we have accompanied him in a project from the Under-21 to the first team, and he has an extraordinary ability to occupy all areas of attack. 

“He can adapt to needs mainly because of his technique. Charles with time can stay along the wake of the greats in the Rossoneri tradition.”

source: SportMob

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