Despite football being a team game, it cannot be denied that often it is individual spirits that make or break an entire match. Such factors are always highly regarded by managers, who are perpetually on the lookout for stand-out players that can deliver the special X-factor at crucial moments in a game.
Once a talent like that is identified, it is fair to say that they are hard to let go of, even if the first chance doesn’t necessarily succeed. A similar scenario could play out come summer between Antonio Conte and Romelu Lukaku.
Reports suggest that Conte could soon take reigns of Inter Milan, with present gaffer Luciano Spalletti looking at a potential booting after falling out with Mauro Icardi.
The stars would have certainly aligned for Conte, as Lukaku is reported to be already mulling over a possible departure. A recent interview with his agent Federico Pastorello resulted in the following revelation:
“Let’s see what will happen in the future at the end the season. It’s his second season here and he will still have three years on his contract until the end. Let’s see, he’s someone who loves to know a different culture, a different football.”
The agent specifically mentioned regarding a move to Italy, stating: “He likes Italy. When he was a child he followed a lot the Italian league. Everybody agrees today the Premier League is the best but years ago Italy was the best and they were the dreams for the younger footballer players.”
Back when Lukaku was signed by United from Everton, Conte and Chelsea were his biggest pursuers, and now, the gaffer’s wish may be on the verge of being fulfilled.