Romelu Lukaku is officially back at Inter Milan after finishing his season on loan from Chelsea, with no obligation to buy.
Inter will pay Chelsea a loan fee of £ 6.9 million plus £ 3.5 million in bonuses if they win the Scudetto, and will cover all his salaries this season.
The Chelsea striker flew to Milan’s Linate Airport at around 6.20am local time and posed in an Inter scarf before getting into a car.
“I am so happy to be back,” he said. After completing his medical treatment, Lukaku was officially announced as a new Inter player.
Lukaku: It’s like coming home
After the transfer was confirmed, Lukaku revealed that he has stayed in touch with Inter coach Simone Inzaghi since leaving last summer and is pleased to be back.
Asked what convinced him to return, he said: “The affection of the fans and my teammates, but also the opportunity to work with the coach. I kept in touch with him all last season. I think the coach is doing well with the team. I want to contribute and do good for this club.
“It’s like going 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 came here, everyone helped me a lot, I’m really happy.
“I didn’t even leave home 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.”
Now Lukaku hopes to build on his previous success with Inter, who finished second to AC Milan and won the Italian Cup without him last season.
He added: “Inter has given me so much and I hope to do even better now than before.”
Lukaku also thanked President Stephen Zhang for closing the deal after difficult negotiations with Chelsea on financial terms.
He said: “It seemed impossible for me to come back here, but we succeeded and I have to thank him for that too. He continued to insist and believe
How the deal is made
The Belgian has agreed to a 30 per cent pay cut to smooth his departure, with revenues falling from £ 10m a year after taxes to £ 7m.
The breakthrough last week came after several rounds of talks over the past few weeks involving Lukaku’s lawyer, Sebastian Ledure, and Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta.
Lukaku has scored just eight Premier League goals in 26 games last season after returning to Stamford Bridge for a record club fee.
In December, Lukaku said The sky in Italy he wanted to return to Inter one day, saying: “I really hope in the depths of my heart to return to Inter, not at the end of my career, but at a still good level, to hope to win more.”
It was revealed last week that Inter could not afford to sign Lukaku – who scored 64 goals in 95 games and helped them win the Serie A title during their time at the club – with a permanent contract.
Chelsea have decided to let Lukaku leave after talks between Todd Boelli – who was appointed chairman and interim sports director on Wednesday – and Thomas Tuchel, as well as discussions between Boelli and Lukaku.
The owner and head coach wanted to quickly decide Lukaku’s future so they could focus on strengthening their team this summer.
Chelsea want to attract Rahim Stirling from Manchester City, while Richardson, Usman Dembele, Jules Kund, Matthias de Ligt, Jonathan Klaus and Milan Skriniar are also targets.
The Blues are also in talks with Leeds for a deal for winger Rafinha, and the club is ready to sanction a deal for over 50 million pounds to conclude the deal.
Inter ultras: We will not welcome Lukaku with scarves or banners
Inter’s ultras issued a statement urging fans not to welcome Lukaku when he arrives in Milan.
The club’s most loyal fans say he will have to win their respect again through his performances after he left last summer to rejoin Chelsea.
A statement said: “As Lukaku’s return to Inter is very likely, several things need to be clarified.
“Whore Nord supports Inter Milan and will not organize a protest against the player (despite his behavior last summer). Given that, no one will go to greet him with scarves and banners representing Curva or her groups. He will have to win all this, in case it will be done for him in the future with humility and sweat on the field.
“He was supported (and treated) as a king, now he is just a player like many others.
“It will also be clear to everyone that we will never applaud Lukaku if he wears the Inter shirt again.
“We encourage all stakeholders [Inter fans] not to fall into the other trap anyway, to run and drool after it.
“It is clear that there is an instinctive and emotional element, but to pretend that nothing has happened would only speed up this process, which aims to make us all stupid and slavish users.
“We noted Lukaku’s betrayal and were extremely disappointed.
“In time, we can even forgive such things to a footballer, but the facts will not change.
“Now, Romelu, let’s kick and run.”
Analysis: Where did Lukaku go wrong in Chelsea?
Eddie Newton, a former Chelsea assistant manager for three periods, told Sky Sports:
“Lukaku is a player who always likes to face the goal, not to play with his back to it. With his strength and pace, it is very difficult to stop when he is in his flow.
“But when he played with his back to the door, it was never the best part of his game. The way Chelsea plays, they need their number 9 to be the focal point where they play him and he can set them up to play from behind. Especially when playing against a low block.
“Chelsea play with teams that like to sit a lot, which makes the role of number 9 very important in terms of his ability to play with his back to the door, to bring others into the game.
“It’s up to Lukaku to score in the second and third stages, but I don’t think that’s what happened to Lukaku at Chelsea.”
Who takes responsibility?
“It has to be a combination of the player and the coaching staff. This is really important for recruitment. You can’t deny that Lukaku is a fantastic, top player, as he has scored goals on the international stage and has scored many goals in top leagues.
“Chelsea play a certain football brand that they did not want to leave. Maybe getting a striker who isn’t as big a name as Lukaku, but that fits their system, is probably the better way to recruit them.
“Antonio Conte got the best out of Lukaku. Romantic, you watch him and you want him to work because he loves and supports Chelsea.
“Coming back here, you thought he had the necessary experience in other clubs and in other countries and you felt that he was now ready to take on the mantle to be Chelsea’s number 9, winning heaps of trophies, but unfortunately it didn’t materialize. . “
Which positions are aimed at Chelsea?
Sky Sports News Senior Reporter Melissa Reddy:
Chelsea are moving forward with their summer recruitment plans now that Todd Boyle’s consortium to take over the club has been completed.
The Blues already have an oral agreement with Sevilla defender Jules Kunde, with the Spanish club preferring a quick deal as they seek to balance their balance before June 30.
Negotiations for a deal for Kunde failed last year, but there is optimism on all sides that this time it will be over.
Presnel Kimpembe from Paris Saint-Germain is part of the list of central defense options and is a preference of Thomas Tuchel. Jose Jimenez from Atletico Madrid and Yosko Guardiol from RB Leipzig are also among those observed.
The Chelsea match: first Lampard’s Everton, then the Spurs
Chelsea started the 2022/23 season with a trip to Everton by Frank Lampard live Sky Sports before hosting London’s Spurs rival in their first home game.
Thomas Tuchel’s team will face the Blues Lampard legend in Goodison Park on August 6, starting at 5.30 pm, before Tottenham visit Stamford Bridge a week later.
Chelsea will host Liverpool in West London on 17 September, Manchester United on 22 October and Arsenal on 5 November.
Their last match before the one-month break for the World Cup is away in Newcastle and they continue their campaign on Boxing Day against the newly promoted Bournemouth.
Chelsea travel to Tottenham on February 25 and Arsenal on April 29, the latter being the start of a great last five games, including Manchester City as a guest on the penultimate weekend of the season and Newcastle at home on the last day.
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