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Antonio Conte believes Romelu Lukaku’s talent was wasted by Jose Mourinho at Manchester United

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The Belgian frontman only scored 12 goals last season in a sub-par campaign (Picture: Getty)

Antonio Conte is desperate to finally link up with Romelu Lukaku at Inter Milan and reportedly believes the striker was misused by Jose Mourinho during their time together at Manchester United.

The Belgium international looks increasingly likely to leave Old Trafford this summer, having been left out of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 26-man squad to face Kristiansund on Tuesday evening.

Lukaku has been attracting interest from both Inter and Juventus – who could offer Paulo Dybala as part of the deal – though both clubs are some way short of United’s valuation.

Antonio Conte believes Jose Mourinho made huge error with Romelu Lukaku at Man Utd

Lukaku is expected to swap the Premier League for Serie A in the coming days (Picture: Getty)

The 26-year-old only joined United two years ago, though came very close to moving to Chelsea under then manager Conte – only for the Blues’ bid to be hijacked as they signed Alvaro Morata instead.

Lukaku only scored 16 times in the Premier League in his maiden campaign at Old Trafford and netted just 12 times – his second least prolific campaign in last seven years – as Mourinho was axed last season.

But, according to The Independent, Conte is convinced Lukaku is still a world-class frontman and was simply misused by Mourinho.

The Portuguese coach asked Lukaku to play with his back to goal, as a hold up man, but Conte feels his talents are best suited to being a mobile frontman making incisive runs in behind the defence – something he rarely did under Mourinho.

Antonio Conte believes Jose Mourinho made huge error with Romelu Lukaku at Man Utd

Conte wants to get Lukaku playing the football that made him so lethal for Everton (Picture: Getty)

The Italian coach believes that skillset could light up Serie A and is eager for him to spearhead Inter’s new-look team.

Former Chelsea player and coach Gianfranco Zola agrees, telling FC Inter News: ‘He would certainly be a player of great impact, he has the right characteristics to play under Conte and he is a striker who, coming from the Premier League, could find so many advantages in Italy.

‘At the physical and athletic level, the Premier League prepares you really well right now and I am sure he can have a big impact in the Italian championship.’

Read more here:: https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/30/antonio-conte-romelu-lukaku-jose-mourinho-man-utd-inter-10485357/

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