- Romelu Lukaku scored Roma’s sixth goal as they thrashed Empoli 7-0 on Sunday
- Belgian is spending the season on loan there having been unwanted by Chelsea
- Listen to the latest episode of Mail Sport’s podcast It’s All Kicking Off!
Mourinho previously worked with Lukaku at Chelsea and Manchester United, and will hope to revitalise the 30-year-old’s career after he was cast out at Stamford Bridge and had a largely unhappy reunion with Inter last season.
‘He’s happy. Romelu needs to feel loved, wanted, and he understood that the team needed a player like him,’ Mourinho told DAZN after the win.
‘At Inter, they have no reason to be angry – they should be happy for their former manager, who needed Romelu.’
Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring the first goal of his loan at Roma as they beat Empoli
Lukaku is hoping to get his career back on track after struggling at Inter Milan last season and being cast out of Chelsea
Mourinho said post-match that Lukaku ‘needs to feel loved’ and added there was ‘no reason for Inter to feel angry’ over the striker
Your browser does not support iframes.
Mourinho added: ‘For me, it wasn’t important whether Lukaku scored or not but perhaps it was for him. He has always shown that he wants to make himself available.
‘Then the fact he scored under the Curva made his evening perfect, but we still have to learn to play well with him, and he with us.
‘We need time to work and there is little of it.’
Paulo Dybala scored two of Roma’s seven goals, with Renato Sanches, Bryan Cristante and Gianluca Mancini also on target. Their third was an own goal by Alberto Grassi.
It was Roma’s first Serie A win of the season after losses to Verona and AC Milan, plus a draw with Salernitana.
Mourinho’s side begin their UEFA Europa League group stage campaign with a trip to Moldovan club Sheriff on Thursday before playing Torino in their next league fixture on Sunday night.
Source From: Football | Mail Online