The Belgian striker has stated his last goodbyes to Nerazzurri supporters on social media after sealing a return to Stamford Bridge
Romelu Lukaku has despatched a heartfelt thanks message to Inter followers whereas explaining why he could not flip down a £98 million ($136m) transfer to Chelsea.
Lukaku joined Inter from Manchester United for £74m ($103m) in the summertime of 2019 and went on to boost his repute as one of the lethal strikers in Europe at San Siro.
The 28-year-old additionally helped the Nerazzurri carry their 11-year anticipate a Serie A title to an finish, however in the end determined in opposition to seeing out his contract by means of to 2024 after receiving phrase of curiosity from Chelsea.
What’s been stated?
The Blues have spent big money to re-sign Lukaku , who took in his first spell with the membership between 2011 and 2014, with Inter left with no alternative however to half with a prized asset amid an ongoing monetary disaster.
The Belgium worldwide has taken to social media to say his last goodbyes to Nerazzurri supporters whereas reflecting on a “stunning” two-year chapter in Italy, however has additionally admitted that he’s fulfilling a long-held dream by returning to Stamford Bridge.
“Expensive Inter followers, thanks. Thanks for loving me as one among your individual. Thanks for making me and my household really feel at dwelling in Milano,” Lukaku wrote on Twitter.
“Thanks for the unconditional help and love each day. Thanks for motivating me much more after the primary season. Once I got here to Inter, I instantly felt that I might do properly for this membership.
“The reside and reception that I first obtained at Malpensa airport was the beginning of a lovely story. I made it my mission to by no means allow you to down each time I wore the Inter shirt.
“I gave 100 per cent in each coaching session and each recreation in order that I might make you proud. Our first season ended within the hardest attainable method, however you guys gave me the energy to proceed to maintain pushing and we did as a staff.
“That is why we turned champions collectively. I hope you guys perceive my resolution to maneuver on to Chelsea. It is the possibility of a lifetime for me and I feel right now of my profession it’s a probability I at all times dreamed of.
“One factor is for certain and that’s that I’ll at all times stay an Interisa, as a result of with out you I would not be the participant or man that I’m immediately.
“Thanks from the underside of my coronary heart. Romelu.”
Lukaku’s affect at Inter
Lukaku immediately nailed down a task in Antonio Conte’s beginning XI upon his arrival at San Siro, and scored 34 targets in 51 appearances to assist Inter end second in Serie A and attain the Europa League last in his first season with the membership.
The previous United striker added one other 30 to his tally in 2020-21, together with 24 in Serie A because the Nerazzurri stormed to the Scudetto, with solely Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo scoring extra (29) within the league.
When will Lukaku make his Chelsea debut?
Lukaku was officially unveiled as a Chelsea player on August 12, however was not included in Thomas Tuchel’s line-up for his or her 3-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace two days later.
The Belgian has had a brief pre-season on account of his exploits together with his nation at Euro 2020 however he will be in contention to make his Blues debut when they take on Arsenal of their second recreation of the 2021-22 marketing campaign on August 22.