Speaking after facing his club team-mate with the Belgian national team against Denmark, Inter striker Romelu Lukaku discussed Christian Eriksen’s recent troubles integrating with the Nerazzurri.
The forward, whose words were transcribed by Sky Italia, pointed out that the former Spurs midfielder still has improvements to make regarding learning the local language. For Lukaku, picking up Italian would help Eriksen integrate better within the team and settle into Serie A football.
“Eriksen has all the qualities needed to be world class, and I want to help him out, but it would make things easier if he learnt Italian. There are players who take more time to get used to Italian football, I was lucky to have settled in quickly.”
“He still has some work to do with the language. If he learnt Italian, everything would become easier. He would be able to communicate better with his team-mates and with the manager, contributing more to the team effort.”
Eriksen, who arrived from North London in the last January transfer window, has struggled to make a significant impact with the Nerazzurri so far. Nevertheless, the Dane has impressed of late on international duty, having scored a double against Iceland last weekend. With his new club, Eriksen has scored one league goal since arriving, as well as netting in last year’s Europa League campaign and in the Coppa Italia.