Former Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has issued a stern message to the critics that dubbed him as ‘lazy’ during his time in the Premier League.
The Belgium international moved to Inter Milan in last summer’s transfer window, where he has since scored 37 goals in 53 appearances in all competitions.
Lukaku’s form helped Inter reach the final of the Europa League, where they lost 3-2 to Sevilla after he scored at both ends of the field.
This week, he was awarded the Europa League Player of the Season following his seven goals in the competition last term and believes his form has proved a point to his doubters.
“A year ago, when I was in England, it was ‘lazy, I didn’t run, I didn’t do this and that’. Here, they call me the hardest worker in the room. If you look at me playing here and there, I mean, there are improvements but the [same] Rom is still there,” Lukaku told The Times.
“If you look at me now you see a different outcome, you see the full person, you see the full potential. You see what I could have been doing in England.
“They will call me slow and I’m like, ‘Slow? Me, slow? I cannot keep up with the fast pace game of Man U?’ There were too many little things where I thought, ‘This is not right’.
“If you call me slow I would not score a goal like I scored the second against Shakhtar Donetsk in the [Europa League] semi-final. If I was slow I would not have got the penalty like I did against Sevilla in the final. That’s two years after.
‘Are you going to say me at 27 is faster than I was at 25? That’s what I’m trying to say. It’s just little things. I was like, ‘You know what? Eff this. I’m out’.”