Romelu Lukaku is in the form of his life and prepared for just one of the chapters in his profession with Inter Milan, according to Belgium manager Roberto Martinez.
Lukaku finally procured his transfer 2 years following the Chelsea striker joined Manchester United from Everton.
The 26-year-old has two in two to his new team and Martinez – that managed Lukaku at Everton – states the striker looks like a player reborn.
« This is actually the first time I have seen him happy and free. Going back to many camps I have not seen Rom so focused, so joyful, so refreshed with the new challenge, » Martinez told me ahead of Belgium’s struggle with Scotland.
« I presume he’s now prepared to confront one of the greatest footballing chapters in his career with the Inter Milan move. So I have been very impressed with his happiness and the way he’s looking forward to the soccer, and he is really driven to be as great as he could for the national group.
« Romelu is among the contemporary footballers because he was born with all the focus, with the press after him at the age of 16 in Belgium – he had media crews around watching what he was doing.
« He was in a team with hopes to win at Anderlecht together with Champions League involvement [together with this ].
« Then he had a big transfer to Chelsea. He had his period in West Brom Since you know, then a transfer charge to Everton, yet another transport fee to Manchester United and now to Inter.
« Romelu does not get influenced, he’s one of the very driven boys you will see. His life is football, he just lives to score goals and also to succeed for the national team and at club level. »
While he has looked like his regular self in front of target, Lukaku’s Italian experience has been daunted by racial abuse directed at him during Inter’s 2-1 win at Cagliari, immediately prior to the international break.
Lukaku was rested for the 4-0 triumph over San Marino of Belgium however is expected to return on Monday against Scotland and Martinez states the striker is looking for his usual self.
« I have not seen a difference [as a result of the recent episode at Cagliari], » that the Belgium supervisor said.
« It is true he had been sad with all the incident he needed to go through but I am sure that is something that everyone in soccer will attempt to help him with and try to eliminate. There is not any tolerance for that kind of behaviour. »
Scotland are trying to bounce back in a 2-1 home defeat to Russia if they take on Monday night although the reduction of Friday Martinez considers Steve Clarke’s men are a group on the up.
« You have six players at least starting week in, week out at the Premier League, all of those are at the top six, » he explained.
« It’s the makings of a young generation with huge potential.
« Now the work is to find that competitive advantage. Steve Clarke needs to get patience, time and chance to work at global level how he works at heart level.
« The gift from the Scotland staff is there to qualify for a significant tournament, no doubt about that.
« Scotland are probably one or two good results away from being a team that can qualify. »
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