Romelu Lukaku has hit back at claims he could miss Inter Milan’s opening game of the season because he is overweight by posting a topless image.
Reports claimed he is carrying too much excess weight which led to Lukaku posting a picture of his muscular torso along with the caption: ‘Not bad for a fat boy’.
Lukaku completed his £73million move from Manchester United earlier this month but Inter fans could be made to wait a little while longer to see their club-record signing make his debut.
According to Corriere dello Sport, Lukaku arrived at the San Siro overweight and out of shape due to missing most of United’s pre-season preparations.
The Italian news outlet claim that the Belgium international is currently 104kg while Inter want him to be below 100kg.
The 26-year-old is aware of the situation and has been training in his days off to shed the pounds.
Following his move, Lukaku aimed a dig at United’s training regime by claiming that training in Italy was ‘real work’.
‘It’s hard – it’s different’ Lukaku said. ‘In England, it’s a lot of work. But over here, it’s real work.’
The striker went on to joke that his diet at Inter is now merely salad.
‘I didn’t come here to live,’ he added. ‘I came here to help the team achieve something.’
The former Everton and Chelsea forward also appeared to acknowledge the reports about his weight by posting a picture of his muscular legs on Instagram.
With Lukaku likely to miss the first game of the season, Inter will partner 17-year-old Sebastiano Esposito with Lautaro Martinez against Lecce on August 26.