Sanchez says Lukaku convinced him to join Inter

Chile international Alexis Sanchez has said that Romelu Lukaku played a role in convincing him to join Inter Milan during the summer transfer window. The marksman had endured a frustrating 19-month spell with Manchester United and that contributed towards the move to the Nerazzurri on a season-long loan.

Speaking to Sky Italy, Sanchez said that he is happy to make the return to the Serie A and will seek to end the Nerazzurri’s eight-year wait for the league title. He added that former United teammate Lukaku influenced his decision to join the San Siro giants, he told: “I am happy to return to Italian football, then we will see. I want to do only the best for me, for the team and for the Inter fans.

“We can talk about a championship, I am here to win something. The team has not won for eight years, but has everything to do it. The group is young and strong, there is a coach who wants to win. The presence of Conte was important, he conveys confidence to the players. Lukaku is happy to be here, he also convinced me to come here.”

Sanchez has gone through a frustrating period at the club level and he has joined the Nerazzurri after contributing just five goals from 45 appearances for the Red Devils. While that statistic does not make for good reading, there are no doubts regarding his credentials at the international level with Chile and it remains to be seen whether he can redeem himself after making the switch to a new club.

Sanchez did not feature for the Red Devils during the opening phase of the current season with a hamstring problem but he was deemed fit to make the bench during Inter’s recent encounter against Cagliari on the road. Lukaku, on the other hand, has already made an impression with two goals from as many appearances for the club.