Romelu Lukaku is not letting reports and accusations that he is out of shape get him down.
The Belgium striker, who is preparing to begin his first season in Serie A after joining Inter Milan from Manchester United this summer, had to contend with plenty of criticism during his disappointing second season at Old Trafford.
One of his most outspoken critics has been former United captain Gary Neville, who told ESPN FC earlier this month: “I think he is a really good player — he’ll score a lot of goals and do well at Inter Milan.
“But the idea of a player being overweight for me is unforgivable. You can play badly, miss shots on goal, hit a bad cross or give goals away as they’re mistakes in football but you can’t be overweight.
“We were never overweight, not fit or not prepared. How can you be overweight?”
On top of that, a story in Italian sport daily Corriere dello Sport on Saturday claimed that the 26-year-old could even miss Inter’s first match of the campaign, against Lecce on Aug.26, because club medical staff want him to lose at least 4kg to get down below 100kg (220 pounds).
Later on Saturday, Lukaku hit back on Instagram.
What a way to hit back at your critics.