Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he was given a major telling-off given by Inter head coach Antonio Conte who called him "trash" in front of the entire team.
The Belgium international moved to the Serie A outfit from Manchester United for £75 million in the summer and has rapidly established himself as one of the most dangerous forwards in Italy’s top flight, scoring 14 goals in 20 Serie A appearances this season.
In an exclusive interview, Lukaku recalled a particularly severe dressing-down he suffered at the hands of Conte.
“I remember one of my first Champions League games against Slavia Prague when I played really bad - like I was trash that day - and I really got it from him in front of the whole team,” the former Everton hitman told Sky Sports.
“He told me that I was really trash and that he would take me off after five minutes if I would have done it again. It's little things like that. And we played the Milan derby just after that and I played one of my best games of the season. He just gave me that - he stepped on my confidence but it woke me up at the same time.
"He does it to everybody, it doesn't matter who you are. Everybody is equal."
Lukaku went on to admit that the telling-off had a positive impact on him and served to motivate him ahead of the Serie A victory over rivals Milan.