TYPICAL DAY OF LUKAKU - Almost 12 hours spent at training facility, already working with nutritionist although there's no weight issue
Anyone who came into contact with Romelu Lukaku in his first week in Milan was surprised by the simplicity and by the fact that he already knows Italian very well. Friendly, polite and helpful to everyone, Romelu is confirming day after day all the good things were said about him before arriving at Malpensa. A gentle giant, with a contagious grin on his face, Lukaku has never hidden his happiness for this transfer to Italy, desired and chased for months. To achieve it, he had to break out of the traditional ways of doing things by forcing his hand with Manchester United to let him go. In both private and professional life, Lukaku is a very scrupulous person, attentive to everything. In short, he’s a perfectionist.
Yesterday, he spoke with Otro, a digital platform created by the best players around the world of which he is a member along with Messi, Neymar, James Rodriguez and Dybala but also to former great players of the past such as Beckham, Cantona and Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane. In a short clip, Romelu looked back at his first days as an Inter player: “Training sessions are very hard. It’s different. We work a lot in England but here, it’s real work,” said the Belgian with a huge smile. “The city? It’s beautiful but I’m not here to live, I’m here to help the team achieve something,” he added before closing with a joke about Italian cuisine. “Italian food? Salad.” And another laugh. That concept is extreme, of course. But it is true that Lukaku is very attentive to nutrition and as soon as he arrived at Pinetina, he had the opportunity to draw up meal plans with nutritionist Matteo Pincella. But he doesn’t have weight issue. His weight is all tied to muscle mass and losing weight for him would mean losing power. Better to avoid it, for him and for Inter.
The player’s home is currently at the Melia hotel in the San Siro area, a few steps away form the stadium that he has already immortalized in an Instagram story to share with his 4.7 million followers. And it is more or less the area that he has chosen to live. The apartments of his choice are not far in that area and in the City Life community, the new district of Milan’s skyscrapers. Romelu would like a newly built house, suited for his needs, which first of all must be spacious and bright. He spent last Saturday going around town to buy clothes and had dinner with a trusted person. During which, he demanded to watch Inter-Valencia on his mobile phone. His post of congratulating Politano for converting the penalty confirmed it. He then went around town seeing the Duomo, Sforzesco, Navigli and Bosco Verticale… all from his car window.
His days have been pretty non-eventful because he is trying to catch up athletically with his teammates. Waking up at 8:00 am, light breakfast, then off to Appiano Gentile with the car made available by the club. Lukaku spends almost all day at Pinetina, as Conte continues to insist on having double training session. He arrives one hour before morning session then has lunch, rests and then returns to hotel at around 8:00 pm. Big Rom will be presented next week, maybe not like the giant around the city like his welcome video indicates. But it will be an event because a star deserves one. Because Inter “are not for everyone” and neither is Lukaku.