Romelu Lukaku deals Chelsea transfer blow amid talk of £105m summer swoop as he labels Serie A title win ‘the best season of his career’ and insists: ‘I hope to continue like this… I am truly proud to play for Inter Milan’
- Chelsea have been weighing up whether to sign Romelu Lukaku this summer
- The Belgian was on the club’s books between 2011 and 2014 before being sold
- Lukaku’s career has since blossomed, and at Inter Milan he has become a star
- The striker has helped end Inter’s 11-year wait for an Italian league title
- But he has hinted he wishes to stay in Milan and fight for more success
Chelsea’s hopes of re-signing Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan have hit a setback with the striker hinting he is not looking to leave the Italian giants.
The Blues are in the hunt for a leading marksman this summer and have turned to the Belgian who was on their books between 2011 and 2014 but being unable to score in just 15 games having been signed from Anderlecht for £18million.
However, since leaving Stamford Bridge the 27-year-old has blossomed into one of Europe’s deadliest strikers and this season has scored 27 goals in 41 games for Inter.
Romelu Lukaku has hinted he wishes to continue his career at Inter Milan beyond the summer
The Belgian striker celebrates at the weekend with supporters from his car after helping Inter Milan claim the Italian league title for the first time in 11 years
In doing so he has helped the San Siro outfit end Juventus’s nine-year domination of Serie A and earned Inter their first league title since 2010.
Lukaku celebrated title success with fans as he took to the streets in his car, revealing his pride in playing for the Italian giants.
‘I am so happy for all the Inter fans in the world, for the team, the staff, the president and everyone,’ Lukaku told Sky Sport Italia. ‘It was a wonderful year for us, I am truly proud to play for Inter.
Lukaku has flourished in his first two years at Milan and has become a favourite among fans
‘I wanted to come out here and celebrate along with the people. I told my friend this was the best way to experience it, to be there with the fans.
‘For me and many of my teammates, this is our first league title, so it’s a moment we wanted to share with them.’
Lukaku came close to landing Inter a trophy last year having tasted defeat in the Europa League final during his first season in Italy, where he struck 34 goals in 51 games having rebuilt his reputation following a mixed spell at Manchester United.
The striker’s 61 goals in just 92 games have made him a key part of Antonio Conte’s (right) side
Chelsea have targeted re-signing Lukaku who played just 15 games for the Blues between 2011 and 2014. He is pictured with then Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas in 2011
Asked whether this was the best season of his career, Lukaku responded by hinting he was happy to stay at Inter by targeting future success at the club.
‘Last year was good too, but yes, this was the best of my career. It’s wonderful and I hope to continue like this. I want to thank everyone, I am truly so happy.’
Although Lukaku is happy to stay at Inter, the Italian club’s poor finances post-Covid mean they may be forced to offload their assets – with Chelsea ready to pounce.
However, it may take a bid of at least £105million to prize Lukaku away from the San Siro, with the Blues having also shown interest in Erling Haaland and Harry Kane.