Romelu Lukaku Is Now Speaking Fluent Italian Just Three Months After Joining Inter
Romelu Lukaku's talents are not restricted to what he is able to do with a ball at his feet.
The Belgian striker continued his fine form at Inter with a further two goals in the thrilling 4-3 win over Sassuolo on Sunday and showed he's a man of many talents afterwards when he spoke fluent Italian in a post-match interview with Inter TV.
Lukaku has only been in Italy for three months after sealing a £74 million move away from Manchester United and yet he's already picking up the language.
The 26-year old, who has scored five goals in eight Serie A appearances, is now able to speak a total of seven languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Dutch and Lingala, a Congolese dialect of Swahili that he often used to communicate with Yannick Bolasie during his time at Everton.
Interestingly, he picked up Portuguese from Jose Bosingwa when he was rooming with the right-back Chelsea. After starring in Belgium's World Cup quarter final win over Brazil in July 2018, Lukaku left the media mix zone stunned after speaking in their native tongue to members of the Brazilian press.
As for Italian, Lukaku picked up some of the vocabulary when he was watching his younger brother Jordan in action for Lazio on Sky Sport Italia.
"My brother plays in Italy and I watched Sky Italia to see his games, so I picked up some Italian," Lukaku said, as per Football Italia.
The Spanish language has helped him form a productive partnership with Argentine strike partner Lautaro Martinez.
"It's important for me to express myself to my teammates," Lukaku is quoted as saying by ESPN.
"It's important for me as a player that they understand me perfectly. How I want the ball. Where I want the ball. In front of the defender, beside the defender, behind the defender.
"I have to know those exact words in Italian because the subtleties are different in every language. There's no substitute for that."