Romelu Lukaku says he is not planning to leave Inter Milan despite transfer speculation linking him to a return to Chelsea this summer.
The 28-year-old Belgian star who had the best season of his career in the just concluded 2020-2021 season became one of the most sought-after strikers in Europe after scoring 24 goals and providing 10 assists in 36 Serie A games for Inter Milan.
Unfortunately for Romelu Lukaku who said he decided to join Inter Milan on August 8, 2019, from Manchester United for a transfer fee worth €74 million because of the then coach of Inter, Antonio Conte, the coach decided to leave the club after winning the Scudetto.
The departure of Antonio Conte came after the speculation that there could be a mass exodus of superstars at Inter Milan due to the financial difficulties the club is currently battling with.
But that seems not to be a problem to Romelu Lukaku who is reportedly a target for Chelsea and Manchester City.
Recall that Lukaku got his first major deal in mainstream Europe on August 8, 2011, after Chelsea signed him from a Belgian side RSC Anderlecht. However, the London club could not get the best out of him and they decided to sell him to Everton on July 30, 2014, for €35.36 million.
About eight years after, Chelsea reportedly intend to bring him back to Stamford Bridge, and if the deal scales through, it might cost Chelsea about €100 million.
Though the money might be tempting for Inter Milan who seem to be looking for money to pay their over €500 million debt, Romelu Lukaku declares that he does not intend to leave Italy this summer.
“Yes, I am staying,” he told Dutch broadcaster VTM. “I’ve already had contact with the man who normally becomes our new manager. Maybe I shouldn’t say that yet… but it was a very positive conversation.
“There’s also the challenge of doing it again [winning the league with Inter]. I feel good at Inter.”
Currently, the Belgium international who has scored a whopping 59 goals in 91 appearances since he made his debut for Belgium on March 3, 2010, has until June 30, 2024, before his contract with Inter Milan expires.
As it stands, only time will tell if Romelu Lukaku would insist on staying at Inter Milan if the right offer for him is presented to the Italian side this summer.
Lukaku is now considered one of the best Strikers in the World. pic.twitter.com/YMGL1mCseh— Chris (@CatenaccioChris) June 2, 2021