Lukaku claims he ‘belongs’ on same level as Kane and co

Date published: Sunday 27th June 2021 4:01 - Lewis Oldham

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Belgium and Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku has insisted that he is at the same “level” as the likes of Harry Kane and Robert Lewandowski.

After having spells with Chelsea and Everton, Lukaku signed for Man United in 2017 for around £75m.

The striker scored 42 times from 96 outings for the Red Devils. He signed for Inter Milan ahead of the 2019/20 campaign for a fee in the region of £68m.

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Lukaku has been in scintillating form since his move to Serie A. He has 64 goals from just 95 outings for Milan.

The 28-year-old has also continued for impress for Belgium. He has netted three times for Roberto Martinez’s side so far at the European Championships.

Speaking ahead of Belgium’s round of 16 tie against Portugal (as cited by the Daily Mail), Lukaku suggested that he is one of the best forwards in the world:

“People have tended to describe things this way.

“When they talk about [Robert] Lewandowski, [Karim] Benzema, [Luis] Suarez, [Harry] Kane, they would say it’s world class level and with me it’s always about being in good form.

“In the last two years I think I have shown it’s not just good form.

“I belong with that group, I am at that level.”

Earlier this month, Ashley Cole suggested that Lukaku was not “respected” at Chelsea:

“He joined as a kid, he joined as a 17-year-old.

“[He was] a raw talent, his game understanding was not great. Didier Drogba was his kind of father figure who used to help him in terms of developing his technique and understanding of movement.

“And then I think the two loans really gave him that self belief that he was good enough. Yes, he was still young but he still had a point to prove.

“I think no one kind of respected him at Chelsea, in terms of the fans. When he did play, was he going to be the top striker for Chelsea? He had Didier Drogba in front of him.

“For him to go on loan and prove to himself, he definitely came back with that self-belief, that courage, and now his performances have been second to none, he’s been quality.”

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