BERLIN – Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku has heaped praise on Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte after ending a transfer saga by leaving Manchester United for the Serie A club.
"The coach was a key factor," Lukaku told the Inter homepage on Friday. "He's the best coach in the world: he manages to improve his players, while his career speaks for itself."
Conte, 50, won three successive Serie A titles with Juventus before moving to Chelsea after a spell in charge of Italy. But despite winning the Premier League and FA Cup, his two-year reign in London was difficult and he took the Inter job following a year out.
Lukaku is Conte's headline signing, after weeks of speculation, for the close season on a five-year contract to 2024. The 26-year-old was also given the storied number nine jersey, previously worn by ex-Inter captain Mauro Icardi - a possible hint the Argentine is set to leave.
Inter, three times European champions, still seem well short of Juventus' level but are targeting a return to the Champions League.