Romelu Lukaku explains leaving Man Utd for Inter Milan has taken him to “another level”
Romelu Lukaku has put his huge improvement since joining Inter Milan from Manchester United down to a change in his diet.
The 27-year-old Belgian forward made the move to Italy in the summer of 2019 in a deal totalling around £73m.
Some questioned the logic behind the transfer, especially given his struggles in front of goal towards the end of his spell at Old Trafford.
But Lukaku has proved to be worth every penny to Inter so far, and has scored a sensational 58 goals in 84 games in all competitions for the Serie A giants.
Speaking on an Instagram video with Inter’s chief nutritionist Matteo Pincella, Lukaku stated his belief that switching to a Mediterranean diet is one of the factors behind his superb form.
“I love carbohydrates and I love potatoes, sweet potatoes and black rice, but I don’t eat a lot of pasta,” he said.
“I’ve always been an explosive player with muscles but Italy took me to another level. I have never felt so strong. I have reached another level, physically and mentally.
“I consume a lot of carbohydrates after games. Most of the time I eat two packs of gnocchi, it depends on what the chef has prepared. They go into circulation quickly and they help me a lot.
“I don’t change my way of eating much, for how we play we must have a very strong physique, we run a lot: since I have followed this lifestyle I feel better on the pitch, I feel more reactive and faster.”
Inter are currently top of Serie A, and lead rivals AC Milan by six points as they look to win their first title since 2010.
Lukaku is also in the hunt for the Golden Boot thanks to his 18 goals in the division so far, although he is still two behind the current top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo.