Former Inter and Real Zaragoza striker Diego Milito has lamented the way in which Romelu Lukaku departed the Nerazzurri this summer.
Lukaku made clear his intention to succeed at Inter before Chelsea came in with a 115 million euro offer, which led to the Belgian saying “I would have only left for Chelsea,” a comment which did not go down too well with the Nerazzurri’s supporters after he had stressed his desire to stay in Milan.
“There is one thing you should never do: make a promise you can’t keep,” Milito told La Gazzetta dello Sport when asked about Lukaku’s departure from Inter.
“A player like him, who has given so much, can decide to go elsewhere, but the fans are disappointed precisely because of those comments.”
For Milito, ahead of Inter’s Champions League group-stage opener against Real Madrid on Wednesday night, he sees some similarities between Nerazzurri boss Simone Inzaghi and Los Blancos head coach Carlo Ancelotti.
“Ancelotti gives a sense of calm and serenity. If he wins wherever he goes, it means something,” Milito noted.
“I like Inzaghi a lot because of what he did at Lazio and the way he has started at Inter. He wants to implement his style of play with players similar to those of the past.
“I think he has one of Ancelotti’s main traits: the ability to manage [the dressing room].”
Joaquin Correa is one player that is expected to cause some headaches for the Real Madrid defence, and Milito is a big fan of his.
“He is a decisive weapon, because he has unique qualities,” he commented.
“In my opinion he can be the team’ primary forward: he knows how to score, he can open up defences and he can take aim.
“He is a complete player and can offer Inter a lot, even on European nights.”
Milito admits that he was on the verge of joining Real Madrid prior to making the move to Inter, but he doesn’t have any regrets.
“I was close to Real Madrid, as I was to PSG, but Inter was the choice of a lifetime,” Milito stated.
“I was at the top. I was happy. And I was at the San Siro, which will always be my home.”
Lionel Messi, Milito’s compatriot, left Barcelona and joined Paris Saint-Germain this summer, which came as a surprise to the retired striker.
I was surprised, like everyone else. He was an icon and I thought he would end his career there [at Barcelona],” he said.
“Now, the Copa America win has brought him back to the [Argentinian] people; a big weight has been lifted off his shoulders.”