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Lukaku Told to quit Man United


Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has urged Romelu Lukaku to leave Manchester United this summer, and said the forward was “targeted” due to the club’s underwhelming performances last season.

Lukaku is a transfer target for new Inter Milan chief Antonio Conte — with the ex-Everton man having recently labelled the Italian the “best manager in the world.”

And Lukaku’s international boss has said it would be better for both the player and United to part ways this summer.

“I think it is clear he [Lukaku] is ready for a new challenge,” Martinez told HLN. “In his case, a transfer would be good for both the player and the club.

“And if two parties benefit from it, a move away usually happens. Serie A seems to be a good choice for him, although I think he can handle any league.

“I certainly don’t think his transfer to Manchester United is a failure. The team did not perform to its capabilities and important players — such as Romelu, but also Paul Pogba — were targeted.”

Speaking after Belgium’s 3-0 Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Scotland, Lukaku said he had “always dreamed” of playing in Italy.

“I was always a big fan of the Italian league,” the 26-year-old had told Sport Mediaset. “I have two leagues which I always dreamed about which are the English league and the Serie A.

“So for me the Serie A is my favourite league as well — I love Italy.”

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