Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez disclosed he was upset with Romelu Lukaku’s behaviour as the Nerazzurri attempted to sign him from Chelsea.
The two teams had been in transfer talks for months and were finally close to an agreement when Lukaku failed to return Inter’s calls and was suspected of holding talks with Inter’s bitter rivals Juventus, although insisting he was solely interested in a return to San Siro.
Inter wasted no time in abandoning their pursuit of the Belgian, effectively destroying hopes of yet another reunion between Martinez and Lukaku, who were once one of Europe’s most potent strike combinations.
The conduct of Lukaku, who had publicly and privately stated that he would never consider a move to another Italian club, also had an impact on Martinez, who spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport about the entire issue.
“I was disappointed, it’s the truth,” he said. “I also tried to call him in those days of chaos, he never answered me, the same he did with my other teammates.
“After so many years together, after so many things lived together, I was disappointed. Thankfully, it’s his choice. I wish him the best. But I didn’t expect this attitude.”
Lukaku was left out of Chelsea’s pre-season squad as the Blues continue to court the Belgian.