Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku has hit back at pundit Gary Neville after the former Manchester United defender called him “overweight” and questioned his professionalism.
Lukaku left Old Trafford during the summer to join Antonio Conte and Inter Milan and despite having a respectable goalscoring record at United it never quite worked out for him at the club.
The Belgian striker scored on his Serie A debut last week and has hit back at Neville’s criticism outlining that he always works hard to improve himself in training.
“Don’t question my professionalism,” Lukaku told BBC Sport. “I live for this game. I am at home all the time. I try to do everything to improve.
“He (Neville) can talk about my fitness but he should never say anything about my professionalism, that I don’t work hard enough. That is something he cannot say. All the coaches I have had say the same thing about me.
“What did Ole Gunnar Solskjaer say when I was on the training ground? What did he say? That I always work hard and always do my best to try and improve myself. Same with Jose Mourinho and Roberto Martinez. Now Antonio Conte will say it.”
Lukaku fell out of favour at United upon the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Marcus Rashford frequently given the nod ahead of the Belgian striker.
The 25-year-old admitted that last year was difficult for him but despite his summer exit from Old Trafford he will always be respectful to to the club.
“Last year was just a bad year. It happens in football. You just have to move on. I am not going to sit here and react in a negative way.
“We are grown men. He is a pundit. He gets paid to say this kind of stuff. I am paid to play football. I just want to do my best for Inter Milan. That is it.
“I will always be respectful to United”