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 By Mark Rodden

Jordan Lukaku aiming to 'improve a lot' following Lazio transfer

Jordan Lukaku was part of Belgium's squad at Euro 2016.

New Lazio left-back Jordan Lukaku has said that one of the main reasons he moved to Italy was to improve the defensive side of his game.

Lukaku, 22, completed a switch from Belgian top-flight club KV Oostende last week in a deal said to be worth €5 million.

The younger brother of Everton striker Romelu, he was part of a Belgium defence that was cut apart by Wales in a 3-1 loss at the Euro 2016 quarterfinals.

Lukaku is hoping that a move to Serie A will help him become a better defender.

"It's a big club with lots of passion around it," Belga quoted Lukaku as telling a news conference in Rome on Thursday. "I chose Lazio because I'll be able to improve a lot here.

"The recruiters know me for my offensive potential but thanks to this new team and this league I will be able to improve a lot defensively."

Lukaku signed a three-year contract with Lazio and he feels he has already benefitted from training with the team that finished eighth in Serie A last season.

"Italian football is tactical," he said. "We have a coach who's exclusively looking after the defence and tells me what I should do when we're attacking and when we're defending. Everything is a lot more detailed."

Mark covers European football for ESPN FC. Twitter: @mrodden

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