Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has declared Antonio Conte as 'the best manager in the world' and commented on the attraction of Serie A since the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.
With Conte announced as the new Inter boss this month, reports have been rife that the Italian is preparing a squad overhaul with the out-of-favour United striker central to his plans.
According to ESPN, the former Chelsea boss wanted him during his time at the Blues and has informed the club's hierarchy to secure his services to lead the side the main target-man, crucial for his tactical philosophy.
And, speaking after Belgium's 3-0 Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Scotland, Lukaku was full of praise for both Conte and the direction Italian football is taking.
"I was always a big fan of the Italian league," Lukaku told Sport Mediaset. "I have two leagues which I always dreamed about which are the English league and the Serie A.
"So for me the Serie A is my favourite league as well -- I love Italy."
He added: "With the transfer of [Cristiano] Ronaldo, I think the Italian league is now coming back. Antonio Conte going back to Inter Milan, which is really good because he is, to me, the best manager in the world.
"And then you have Maurizio Sarri going to Juventus and [Carlo] Ancelotti at Napoli. So I think Serie A will be really exciting next year and I'm really happy for Italian football."
The burly Belgian who is currently the all-time record scorer for his country with 48 goals in 81 caps says his future has been decided already - but conceded it's not in his hands at the moment.
"He [Conte] knows what I think about him," the former Anderlecht star explained. "I'm not somebody who likes to talk about my personal relationships with managers, but you know, I'm a player of Manchester United and I have to respect my club.
"And if something happens, the teams and my agent have to do the talking. I have my decision and stay outside."