Romelu Lukaku is officially an Inter Milan player again after completing his season-long loan from Chelsea, with no purchase obligation.
Inter will pay Chelsea a £6.9m loan fee plus £3.5m in bonuses if they win the Scudetto, and will cover all their salaries this season.
The Chelsea striker flew into Milan Linate airport at around 6:20am local time and posed with an Inter scarf before getting into a car.
“I’m so happy to be back,” he said. Having completed his medical, Lukaku has been officially announced as a new Inter player.
Lukaku: It’s like coming home.
After the move was confirmed, Lukaku revealed that he kept in touch with Inter manager Simone Inzaghi after his departure last summer and was glad to be back.
Asked why he convinced him to come back, he said: “The affection of the fans and my teammates, but also the opportunity to work with the coach. I was in contact with him all last season. I think the coach is doing well” . the team, I want to contribute and do good for this club.
“It’s like coming home. I think my family and I had a great time in Milan thanks to the people, the fans and my teammates. From the first day I arrived here everyone helped me a lot, I’m very happy.
“I didn’t even leave my house when I went to England, which shows how happy I am to be back here. Now I just want to see the boys on the pitch.”
Lukaku now hopes to build on his previous successes with Inter, who finished runners-up to AC Milan and won the Coppa Italia without him last season.
He added: “Inter have given me a lot and now I hope to do even better than before.”
Lukaku also thanked chairman Steven Zhang for sealing the deal after difficult negotiations with Chelsea over financial terms.
He said: “It seemed impossible for me to come back here, but we did it and for this I must also thank him. He continued to push and believe.”
how the deal was done
The Belgian has agreed a 30 per cent pay cut to smooth his exit, with his earnings falling from £10m per year after tax to £7m.
Last week’s breakthrough came after several rounds of negotiations in recent weeks between Lukaku’s lawyer Sebastian Ledure and Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta.
Lukaku scored just eight Premier League goals in 26 outings last season after returning to Stamford Bridge for a club-record fee.
In December, Lukaku said sky in italy he wanted to return to Inter one day and said: “I really hope in the depths of my heart to return to Inter, not at the end of my career, but at a good level to win more.”
Last week, it was revealed that Inter cannot afford to sign Lukaku, who scored 64 goals in 95 games and helped the team win the Serie A title during his time at the club, on a permanent deal.
Chelsea decided to let Lukaku go after talks between Todd Boehly, who was appointed interim chairman and sporting director on Wednesday, and Thomas Tuchel, as well as discussions between Boehly and Lukaku.
The owner and head coach wanted to figure out Lukaku’s future quickly so they could focus on strengthening their roster this summer.
Chelsea are interested in signing Raheem Sterling from Manchester City, while Richarlison, Ousmane Dembele, Jules Kounde, Matthijs de Ligt, Jonathan Clauss and Milan Skriniar are also targets.
The Blues are also in talks with Leeds over a deal for winger Raphinha, with the club set to sanction a £50m-plus deal to seal the deal.
Inter ultras: We will not receive Lukaku with scarves or banners
Inter Milan ultras have issued a statement asking fans not to welcome Lukaku when he arrives in Milan.
The club’s most loyal fans say he will have to earn their respect again through his performances after he left last summer to rejoin Chelsea.
A statement read: “Since Lukaku’s return to Inter is very likely, some things need to be clarified.
“Curva Nord supports Inter Milan and will not make any protest against the player (despite his behavior last summer). That said, no one will go to greet him with scarves and banners representing the Curva or its groups. He will have to earn it.” all that, in his case, will be done for him in the future with humility and sweat on the pitch.
“He was supported (and treated) like a king, now he is just a player like many others.
“It must also be made clear to everyone that we will never support Lukaku if he wears the Inter shirt again.
“We encourage all Interisti [Inter fans] in short, to avoid falling into the other trap, run and drool after him.
“Clearly there is an instinctual and emotional element, but pretending that nothing has happened would only accelerate that process destined to turn us all into foolish and servile consumers.
“We take note of Lukaku’s betrayal and are extremely disappointed.
“With time we can even forgive those things to a footballer, but the facts will not change.
“Now, Romelu, let’s kick and run.”
Analysis: Where did Lukaku go wrong at Chelsea?
Eddie Newton, a former Chelsea assistant manager for three spells, told Sky Sports:
“Lukaku is a player who always likes to be facing the goal, not playing with his back. With his power and his pace, it is very difficult to stop him when he is in his rhythm.
“But when he’s playing with his back to goal, it’s never been the best part of his game. The way Chelsea play, they need their number 9 to be the focal point they play against him and he can set them up for that. play”. back, especially when you’re playing against a low block.
“Chelsea play teams that like to sit down a lot, which makes the number 9’s role very important in terms of his ability to play with his back to goal, to bring others into the game.
“It’s up to Lukaku to score goals in the second and third phases, but that’s why I don’t think it happened to Lukaku at Chelsea.”
Who bears the responsibility?
“It has to be a combination of the player and the coaching staff. This is what is really important about the signing. There is no denying that Lukaku is a fantastic and top-class player, having scored goals on the international stage and scored many goals in top leagues.
“Chelsea play a certain brand of football that they haven’t wanted to get out of. Maybe having a striker who isn’t as famous as Lukaku but fits into their system is maybe a better way to sign him.”
“Antonio Conte brought out the best in Lukaku. Romantically, you look at him and you wanted it to work because he loves and supports Chelsea.
“Coming back here, you thought he had had the experience he needed at other clubs and in other countries and you felt he was now ready to take on the role of being Chelsea’s No. 9 by winning a lot of trophies, but unfortunately he didn’t. materialize.”
What positions is Chelsea aiming for?
Melissa Reddy, Senior Reporter for Sky Sports News:
Chelsea are going ahead with their summer signing plans now that the club’s takeover by the Todd Boehly-led consortium for £4.25bn has been completed.
The Blues already have a verbal agreement with Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, with the Spanish club preferring a quick deal as they aim to balance their books by June 30.
Talks about a deal for Kounde collapsed last year, but there is optimism on all sides that it will be achieved this time.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Presnel Kimpembe is part of a list of central defensive options and is Thomas Tuchel’s preference. José Giménez, from Atlético de Madrid, and Josko Gvardiol, from RB Leipzig, are also among those evaluated.
Chelsea matches: first Lampard’s Everton, then Spurs
Chelsea kick off the 2022/23 season with a trip to Frank Lampard’s Everton live sky sports before hosting London rivals Spurs in their first home game.
Thomas Tuchel’s side will meet blues legend Lampard at Goodison Park on August 6 at 5.30pm, before Tottenham visit Stamford Bridge a week later.
Chelsea host Liverpool in west London on September 17, Manchester United on October 22 and Arsenal on November 5.
Their last game before the month-long World Cup break is at Newcastle, and they continue their campaign on Boxing Day against newly promoted Bournemouth.
Chelsea travel to Tottenham on February 25 and Arsenal on April 29, the latter being the start of an extraordinary last five games that include Manchester City away on the penultimate weekend of the season and Newcastle at home. the last day.
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