When Romelu Lukaku signed for Chelsea as a prodigious talent from Anderlecht, fans were rightly excited. They had landed the ideal replacement for club legend Didier Drogba; a mobile, aggressive forward with a natural finish both with his left foot and with his head. However, Lukaku endured a frustrating time at Stamford Bridge the first time around, to the point where he soon left in frustration for loans to West Bromwich Albion and then Everton.
Despite blossoming into arguably the best young striker in the world, the Blues missed out on a reunion when Antonio Conte was coach. The Italian was desperate to land the striker, who instead made a move to Manchester United. This was a major reason why Conte left Chelsea in the long-term, with a breakdown in the clubs vision and his own being a major reason for the split. Lukaku not signing was a major part of that.
As a boyhood Chelsea supporter, fans were always hopeful that one day ‘Rom’ would return to Stamford Bridge. And having watched him become the Player of the Year in Italy, winning the Italian top-flight with Internazionale under ex-coach Conte, fans couldn’t be blamed for feeling a little wistful. Could they have saved themselves a lot of time and stress if they just persevered with the Belgian when he was already there?
This summer, fans were hopeful for a third time lucky scenario. With Conte leaving Inter under a cloud and the club in financial disarray, the hope was that they could charm Inter into a sale and bring Lukaku ‘back home’ to Chelsea. However, the player himself was taken to an interview to make it clear that he does not see his future outside of the Nerazzurri.
What did Romelu Lukaku say?
Having scored 64 goals in 95 games for Inter, the Belgian is a modern legend – and one of the few players to really be taken into the hearts of fans since he arrived. His game has visibly improved in every facet; he works harder, scores more, gets involved in the play more often, and sets up teammates. He even fights hard on the pressing and defensive end. Basically, everything you could want in a modern striker, Lukaku has.
However, a recent interview with Belgian platform HLN suggested he has no intention of leaving Italy anytime soon. When asked about his commitment to Inter, he said: Yes, I am staying. 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 Scudetto with Inter]. I feel good at Inter.”
For fans who were hoping that the UEFA Champions League win might be enough to stir Lukaku into a return, it does not look likely. Despite the supposed issues plaguing Inter, Lukaku looks certain to stick around and continue to build his growing legend in the Italian game.