LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Romelu Lukaku, the Roma forward, has faced allegations of showing a lack of “respect” by Inter Milan’s sporting director, Piero Ausilio.
Following his exclusion from Chelsea, Lukaku was at the center of the summer transfer market, with a return to Inter Milan seeming almost certain.
However, Lukaku changed course at the last moment, initiating discussions with Juventus.
Negotiations with Inter fell apart, and he ultimately joined Roma on loan. Ausilio, in an interview with Radio Serie A, has expressed some lingering tension.
The Inter Milan sporting director stated, “I prefer not to talk about a player currently at another club; I have never done that in recent months.
“I say that I like to think about the present and the future; Lukaku is part of the past: with him, we won a Scudetto, lost two finals, and he brought us an important capital gain. What happened? I prefer not to talk about it.”
“I’m simply saying that there has to be politeness and respect. Things were obviously going on, but at a certain point, these conditions came to an end.
“There are deals that do not get done, but if there is respect, it is never a problem.
“When, on the other hand, one hides or sends replies via other people, then one thinks about moving on. For me, it is a closed chapter since July 8; there are no regrets.
“The famous phone call to Lukaku? It was something decided, nothing special. I told Romelu what I thought, after I hadn’t been able to contact him for a while.”
Inter Milan, which has moved on from the Lukaku saga, currently leads Serie A, two points ahead.
Meanwhile, Roma is in ninth place in the league, looking to climb into the Champions League places.
Lukaku, with five goals in eight appearances this season, is aiming to end his two-game goal drought.