Romelu Lukaku Hits Back At Gary Neville And Warns "Don't Question My Professionalism"
Romelu Lukaku has told Gary Neville he has no right to talk about his professionalism or work ethic.
The Inter Milan striker hit back at former Manchester United defender Neville, who said Lukaku's "unprofessionalism is contagious".
Lukaku has lost half a stone since joining Inter Milan in a £74m deal on a new diet designed by manager Antonio Conte.
"[Gary Neville] is a pundit, he gets paid to say certain kinds of stuff, I'm paid to play football." pic.twitter.com/nTa4YxHOAf- BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 30, 2019
He reportedly arrived in Italy after his switch from Man Utd at 104kg and has been criticised for his weight, which led to him posting a topless photo on Instagram.
And in an interview with the BBC, Lukaku warned: "Don't question my professionalism. 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.
"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."
According to the Daily Mail, Inter manager Conte has come up with a new diet plan that's shown remarkable results.
Conte is a big believer in the 'Bresaola diet' which means Lukaku eats white meat such as chicken and turkey with vegetables.
Lukaku is not allowed to eat any fried food or drink alcohol, although he never has done the latter.
He scored on debut for Inter Milan in their 2-0 win over Lecce and is looking to revive his career after his frustrating time at Old Trafford.