Antonio Conte says that Romelu Lukaku is an important signing for the club

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Sky Sports reports that Antonio Conte said that Romelu Lukaku would be an important signing for the club. Ahead of the game with Inter Milan on Saturday Inter boss Conte spoke about how frustrating it was to not get a deal done.

Conte said: “Frustrated is a big word. Lukaku is United’s player and this is the reality.

“You know very well that I like this player, also in the past when I was Chelsea’s coach and I tried to bring him. But I repeat: today Lukaku is a player of United. I have great respect for United.

“I consider him an important player for us to have a good improvement. We know which is our situation; we will see what happens.”

Conte said: “Frustrated is a big word. Lukaku is United’s player and this is the reality.

Inter’s attempt to sign the Belgian is being hampered by the lack of interest in Mauro Icardi. Icardi isn’t part of the Inter squad in Singapore and was told by the club that he can leave.

Conte said: “The club was very clear to tell that he is out of Inter’s project.”

Lukaku hasn’t featured yet so far on United’s tour of Australia and Asia. Also the Belgian striker won’t be involved in the game, because according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the striker “isn’t fit to play”. However Ole did confirm that David De Gea and Luke Shaw may return after being absent for United’s 4-0 win over Leeds on Wednesday.

Solskjaer said: “I think both will be available. Luke did a decent training session yesterday before we left, and David trained today, so we’ll try to get 60 [minutes] or longer out of him. It shouldn’t be too difficult – he’s a ‘keeper.”

Matteo Darmian and Fred both joined up with the squad, and they will be assessed.

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