WHEN the Theatre of Dreams becomes a nightmare, what better than a Rom-com?
Romelu Lukaku‘s joy and relief at his fresh start shone through as Inter Milan‘s new £73million striker laughed and joked in training.
And the Belgium star looks more at home after just a week in Italy than at any time in the past year with Manchester United.
Lukaku even trained with his old club Anderlecht earlier this month after his Old Trafford woes were summed up by boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer freezing him out ahead of the Premier League transfer window.
Now, though, the 26-year-old is already proving his international boss Roberto Martinez right.
Ex-Everton chief Martinez told Het Laaste Niewus: “The link between Romelu and Manchester United had simply come to an end.
“He needed fresh air. He’s found it at Inter and joined a very ambitious club.”
After netting four on his first Inter game – Sunday’s 8-0 friendly win over Serie D side Virtus Bergamo – Lukaku grinned and bantered with team-mates today during training at Como.
Former Chelsea starlet Lukaku had struggled at United in the first half of last season under Jose Mourinho.
And he never held a regular place once Mourinho was replaced by Solskjaer in December.
Then Lukaku’s chances of joining Serie A champions Juventus collapsed in the past fortnight when United failed to persuade Old lady forward Paulo Dybala to reduce his £350,000-a-week wage demands.
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Inter boss Antonio Conte was always in the wings, though.
And despite an initial bid of £54m being rejected, ex-Chelsea manager Conte finally lured Lukaku last week for almost the same fee United paid Everton for him in July 2017.
But if Lukaku keeps up the form and spirits of his first days in Milan, then everyone will be a grinner.