According to a recently released leaflet, members of the ultras team of the team currently leading the Italian National Championship is planning to supply 50,000 whistles “to use until you choke at every touch of the ball by the man who betrayed our colors.”
Inter will host Roma on Sunday and much of the attention will obviously focus on Lukaku, who will face his old club for the first time since leaving Inter.
Jose Mourinho said on Wednesday: “I’m shocked by the whole thing because I didn’t think Romelu would mean that much to a club with a history like Inter. That was a surprise to me.”
Mourinho will receive a very different reception at the club where he is still revered after leading Inter to win the Champions League, Serie A and Italian Cup in 2010. However, the Portuguese coach Nha will have to watch from the stands as he is suspended following his red card in Roma’s win over Monza last weekend.
“I don’t think Lukaku is of such interest at Inter Milan because of what he did there, winning the Scudetto and a few trophies.” Mourinho said. “It will be very interesting. Him leaving Inter to join Roma is considered a betrayal, while Hakan Calhanoglu moving from AC Milan to Inter is no problem. Years ago I also saw that Fabio Cannavaro had moving from Inter to Juve or Christian Vieri moving from Inter to Milan.”
There were indeed very few problems when Lukaku first left Inter. After helping Inter win Serie A in 2021, Lukaku expressed his desire to return to Chelsea and he was sold to the Premier League club, disappointing Nerazzurri fans.
But they welcomed him back with open arms when he returned on loan the following year. After a shaky start last season, Lukaku has improved. There have been discussions about buying him permanently, with Inter and Chelsea even agreeing on a transfer fee.
Yet, Lukaku began negotiating with rivals Juventus and AC Milan. The 30-year-old finally joined Roma on loan at the end of August. He is gradually playing better, having scored 7 goals in 9 matches in all competitions.
Both Inter and Roma wish not to talk about Lukaku returning to San Siro. Inter will be looking to consolidate their lead at the top of Serie A with one point ahead of AC Milan and two ahead of Juventus, while Roma are finally looking to snap a winning streak after a poor start.
Here is a quote from a leaflet that a group of ultras distributed before Inter’s upcoming match:
“October 29 is the day marked in red to express all the disgust we feel for the person who turned his back on the team in the most shameful way. A person who has proven himself to be a petty man, because before becoming a champion, you need to be a real man and keep your promises.”
Dang Nguyen | 14:40 October 28, 2023