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Inter Milan: Antonio Conte insists Romelu Lukaku still has room for improvement

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Antonio Conte has laid down the gauntlet for the in-form Romelu Lukaku, insisting he needs even more from his star striker in order for him to one day be considered one of the greats.

Lukaku enjoyed one of the most successful debut seasons ever in European football  history during the last campaign in which he swapped Manchester United for Inter Milan, scoring 34 goals in all competitions to become the first Inter star to do so in a maiden season since Ronaldo.

Beginning the current campaign in sizzling form Lukaku has six goals in seven games – leading his agent to label him the best striker on the planet right now – but Conte is still in search of more.

Antonio Conte says Romelu Lukaku has improved but must still step up his game to be a great

Antonio Conte says Romelu Lukaku has improved but must still step up his game to be a great

Antonio Conte says Romelu Lukaku has improved but must still step up his game to be a great

‘They [Lukaku and Martinez] made huge improvements and they can become even more important for the team,’ Conte told reporters during his pre-Champions League press conference on Monday.

‘In order to compare them with other [great strikers] at European level, we need to win, it’s the only way to carve out an important place in Europe.’

Lukaku scored 34 in his debit season with Inter and already has six from seven this campaign

Lukaku scored 34 in his debit season with Inter and already has six from seven this campaign

Lukaku scored 34 in his debit season with Inter and already has six from seven this campaign

Conte’s rallying words for Lukaku stand in quite stark contrast to the Belgian’s agent, who has already declared his client as the best striker on the planet right now.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Federico Pastorello said: ‘Romelu is a modern player and a sensitive person. 

‘He needs love, when he feels everyone’s affection he really becomes the best the market can offer, even if Inter obviously do not intend to sell him. In terms of quality, attitude and mentality, he is currently the best striker in the world.’

Pastorello has also turned the knife when it comes to Lukaku’s former club United, implying the Belgian is much more appreciated in Italy. 

‘His transfer to Italy was the right decision and the best choice for him. Inter are a great family and the fans are completely crazy about him.’ he added.

Conte feels Lukaku and strike partner Lautaro Martinez (right) need to help the team win more

Conte feels Lukaku and strike partner Lautaro Martinez (right) need to help the team win more

Conte feels Lukaku and strike partner Lautaro Martinez (right) need to help the team win more

Inter return to action this week when they face Ukrainan outfit Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

Shakhar enter the fixture as top of the group after pulling off a shock opening match victory over Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Inter meanwhile have just a point to their name after drawing 2-2 with Borussia Monchengladbach, courtesy of a Lukaku brace. 

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Allan says Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti is ‘fantastic’ and he is settled in the Premier League

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Everton midfielder Allan has revealed that he has a close admirer in manager Carlo Ancelotti – and the feeling is very much mutual.

The Brazilian worked with Ancelotti while the Italian coach was the Napoli manager for 18 months between 2018 and 2019. He said Ancelotti was still helping him develop since the pair reunited on Merseyside.

‘Working with Ancelotti is fantastic. To work with someone who has won all the major trophies is marvellous,’ Allan told talkSPORT.

Allan has hailed Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti as 'fantastic' and someone he learns from

Allan has hailed Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti as 'fantastic' and someone he learns from

Allan has hailed Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti as ‘fantastic’ and someone he learns from

The Brazilian said  Ancelotti was a 'marvellous' coach who 'likes me and admires my football'

The Brazilian said  Ancelotti was a 'marvellous' coach who 'likes me and admires my football'

The Brazilian said  Ancelotti was a ‘marvellous’ coach who ‘likes me and admires my football’ 

‘You learn a lot from him every day in training. I’m really proud that a coach of that pedigree, who has had such a career, likes me and admires my football.

‘Hopefully together, here at Everton, we can achieve the things this club deserves.’

Ancelotti made no secret of his desire to bring Allan to the Toffees and secured the £21million transfer in September. At the time, Allan referred to ‘Professor Ancelotti’ and said he had done ‘everything possible to bring me here’.

The Brazil international has flourished during his time at Everton and he is a key player for Ancelotti, playing in all but one Premier League match and completing 90 minutes every time. 

To that end, Allan said he feels settled in English football. ‘The settling in and adaptation has been really relaxed and easy. 

Ancelotti was extremely keen to complete Allan's £21million signing from Napoli in September

Ancelotti was extremely keen to complete Allan's £21million signing from Napoli in September

Ancelotti was extremely keen to complete Allan’s £21million signing from Napoli in September

Allan said he hopes with Ancelotti's help Everton can 'achieve the things this club deserves'

Allan said he hopes with Ancelotti's help Everton can 'achieve the things this club deserves'

 Allan said he hopes with Ancelotti’s help Everton can ‘achieve the things this club deserves’

‘It’s not just my South American team-mates who have helped, my English teammates have also given me a lot of help, and the club give you all the necessary support to do you job.’

On the pitch, Allan said his combative midfield style has prepared him well for the rigours of Premier League football.

‘The Premier League is a competition with a lot of contact, very competitive and very intense,’ he said. ‘Without a doubt, my game is suited to the Premier League style.’

Having made his name playing for Udinese and Napoli in Italy, Allan is hoping to learn from English football to improve his game. 

‘I had great seasons in Italy in the Udinese shirt and with Napoli. I’m really happy with what I achieved there,’ he said.

Allan feels settled in the Premier League and said English football suits his combative style

Allan feels settled in the Premier League and said English football suits his combative style

Allan feels settled in the Premier League and said English football suits his combative style

Ancelotti managed Allan when they were together at Napoli in Serie A between 2018 and 2019

Ancelotti managed Allan when they were together at Napoli in Serie A between 2018 and 2019

Ancelotti managed Allan when they were together at Napoli in Serie A between 2018 and 2019

‘I learnt a lot as a football player, but also as a person. I grew a lot from being in Italy and I hope I can continue this in England, playing great games for Everton and winning the hearts of the Everton fans.’

Allan’s defensive midfield skills will no doubt be critical as Everton seek to get back to winning ways against Burnley on Saturday. 

After a flying start that saw them top the league for the first few weeks, the Toffees have lost four of their previous five games and sit in eighth place.

Allan said: ‘We’ve studied them [Burnley] a lot, we know what the qualities and strengths are of the opponent, so it will be a very physical game.

‘There will be a lot of battles on the pitch and I hope that we can control the game and it’ll be a good victory for us and we get the win that we’re all hoping for.’  

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Braga’s Wenderson Galeno LEVITATES off the ground with amazing piece of skill

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He may have scored the final goal for Braga in a 4-2 win over AEK Athens to seal a last-32 spot in the Europa League but Thursday night was all about Wenderson Galeno’s moment of magic.  

The 23-year-old effortlessly controlled a high, lofted ball onto his left foot, even balancing it briefly whilst he himself was levitating off the ground.

The outrageous piece of skill was the highlight of a dazzling display and quickly went viral 

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Wenderson Galeno with manager Carlos Carvahal after Braga's win at AEK Athens on Thursday

Wenderson Galeno with manager Carlos Carvahal after Braga's win at AEK Athens on Thursday

Wenderson Galeno with manager Carlos Carvahal after Braga’s win at AEK Athens on Thursday

Championship club Reading were previously linked with the young forward, and were rumoured to be interested in taking him on loan with a view to a permanent deal in the summer of 2019. 

However, Galeno eventually signed for Braga from fellow Portuguese club Porto that summer for a fee of £2.7 million.

Since signing, he has made 54 appearances, scoring 12 goals and notching 17 assists for Carlos Carvahal’s side.

Braga are currently second in the Primeira Liga, four points behind leaders Sporting Lisbon and travel to Belenenses on Sunday. 

Braga are through to the last 32 of the Europa  League following their 4-2 win in Greece

Braga are through to the last 32 of the Europa  League following their 4-2 win in Greece

Braga are through to the last 32 of the Europa  League following their 4-2 win in Greece

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Eddie Hearn mocked by Sky Sports TV viewers for ‘rascal 80s chic’ outfit as Freddie Flintoff asks ‘what’s he wearing?’

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EDDIE HEARN was mocked by Sky Sports viewers for his ‘rascal 80s chic’ outfit as cricket legend Freddie Flintoff asked “what’s he wearing?”.

Matchroom promoter Hearn was starring on TV as Billy Joe Saunders defended his WBO super middleweight title with a points victory over Martin Murray.

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Eddie Hearn’s choice of long-sleeve knitted polo was mocked onlineCredit: ©Mark Robinson Ltd
Hearn's polo is currently being sold at a discounted price by fashion retailer Reiss

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Hearn’s polo is currently being sold at a discounted price by fashion retailer ReissCredit: Reiss

But his eye-catching get-up stole the show, sending social media into a frenzy.

Celeb pal Flintoff called out Hearn on Twitter and wrote “What is @EddieHearn wearing @SkySportsBoxing” alongside a face palm emoji.

Boxing supremo Hearn, 41, saw the funny side and defended his outfit.

He replied: “Vintage 80’s chic mate you will be in it next year.”

Hearn’s zip-neck polo shirt in grey-marl caused quite a stir online and is sold by fashion giants Reiss.

The top is currently on sale for £60 with almost 50 per cent hacked off the list price of £115… and you can see why.

It is advertised along with the suggestion to ‘Style it with tailored trousers, trainers and finish with a bomber jacket for a refined weekend look.’

And Hearn appeared to take the manufacturers’ advice with a smart pair of light grey trousers twinned with his retro polo for the Friday night fight.

But boxing fans tore into Hearn online, with one suggesting he was: “Going crown green bowling after – either that or hosting bullseye.”

Another jibed: “Eddie you look like the new face of Jacamo!!”

A third joked: “80s is the age group not the era.”

A fight fanatic added: “Absolute rascal clobber from @EddieHearn tonight #SaundersMurray #boxing #SkySports.”

Hearn slams Government for snubbing sport from bail-out and not understanding the importance of the sport on communities

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