Romelu Lukaku and team-mate Marcelo Brozovic had to be separated by Alexis Sanchez after a row erupted in the Inter dressing room following the Champions League match against Slavia Prague.
Lukaku is reported to have criticized his team-mates’ inability to follow Antonio Conte’s tactics and infuriated Brozovic by accusing the Croatian of losing possession on too many occasions during the 1-1 draw.
The conversation between Lukaku and Brozovic started in a calm manner in the Inter changing room before tensions reached boiling point as the midfielder responded to the Belgian’s criticism, pointing out a missed opportunity in front of goal.
Harsh words were shared between the pair as they came face-to-face before Sanchez stepped in to keep the peace and stand up for his friend and fellow striker Lukaku. The ex-United men formed a close bond during their time at Old Trafford and have continued that friendship in Italy.
Although Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic stepped in on behalf of Brozovic, the Croatian is said to be missing his compatriot and ally Ivan Perisic who moved to Bayern Munich on loan last summer and would usually support him during any controversy.
Antonio Conte’s way of management often creates an air of high tension and adrenaline among his players and he likes his squad to feel ‘under stress’ but the former Chelsea boss was left extremely angry by the dispute.
He has already spoken to club chief Giuseppe Marotta to ask him to deal with the situation behind closed doors.
Conte is said to be considering dropping Brozovic for the Milan derby this week, such is his loyalty to Lukaku.