Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi stated star striker Romelu Lukaku’s departure got here as a shock to him, however he insisted the membership are able to defend their Serie A title this season nonetheless.
Inter kick off the brand new marketing campaign at home to Genoa on Saturday in former Lazio coach Inzaghi’s first season on the membership having changed Antonio Conte within the shut season.
Lukaku was Inter’s prime goalscorer final season (24 league targets) as they stormed to their first Scudetto in 11 years, with the Belgium worldwide named greatest general MVP of Serie A, the official league award for the participant of the season.
Such kind persuaded Chelsea to deliver Lukaku again to the Premier League for a reported membership document payment of 97.5 million kilos ($132.81 million) final week, with new boss Inzaghi lining up a substitute for the Belgian.
“It was an unexpected departure, it was not planned,” Inzaghi informed a information convention on Friday.
“We tried to influence him to remain however the boy was very decided. I perceive why he’s so appreciated by everybody, he got here to me with numerous intelligence and informed me that Chelsea have been his dream and that his determination had been made.
“We talked together with the directors but he had already decided. Now (Edin) Dzeko has arrived and another striker will arrive, too.”
Inter additionally misplaced livewire defender Achraf Hakimi to Paris St Germain, with midfielder Christian Eriksen in Denmark being monitored by docs following his cardiac arrest suffered on the pitch throughout Euro 2020.
Inzaghi nonetheless feels his aspect are properly ready. “We will do everything to ensure that things go well this season,” he added.
“It is a season the place there will likely be difficulties however I’m assured. The aim is tomorrow’s match towards Genoa. Something is lacking from the (switch) market however I’m pleased with what we’ve got executed to this point.
“We knew we would have problems, we had to sell Hakimi, we will not have Eriksen and then the unexpected sale of Lukaku came. But the boys have worked hard and we are determined to do our best to defend the Scudetto we have on our chest.”