Romelu Lukaku says Christian Eriksen must learn Italian if he wants to really fit in with his Inter teammates.
The Danish international joined the Italian team in January and moved to Serie A after establishing himself as a star with Tottenham.
However, Eriksen has struggled since he made his way to Serie A, admitting this week that his move to Inter has not worked out as expected.
The former Spurs midfielder has made just three Serie A starts this season, each time ending with his sending off around the appointed time.
Lukaku, who joined Inter from Manchester United in the summer of 2019, says Eriksen’s struggles would undoubtedly improve if he could master the language and work more closely with his teammates.
“Eriksen has all the qualities to become an elite player and I want to help him. But first, he has to learn Italian, ”Lukaku told Kanal 5.
“I immediately got used to a new reality, but it may take more time. With the language, he still has work to do. If you learned Italian, I’m sure everything will be easier for you.
“He could communicate better with everyone, teammates and coach, and would contribute more to the work of the whole team.”
Lukaku’s Belgium recently defeated Eriksen and Denmark during the international break, winning 4-2 to qualify for the next stage of the Nations League.
While the forward is happy with the efforts of his national team last week to advance in the competition, he is now more focused on the race for the Serie A title.
Lukaku and Inter currently rank seventh in Serie A, five points behind league leaders AC Milan and one point behind current champions Juventus, who are currently fifth.
And, ahead of this weekend’s clash with Torino, Lukaku says he is now fully focused on the challenges his club faces.
“The race that matters most now is Sunday with Inter against Torino,” he said, “but I’m happy to have made it to the final four in the Nations League.
“But first there will be the qualifications for the World Cup and Euro 2020. We will think about it later, we must act step by step.”