Romelu Lukaku WILL return to Chelsea this summer

Romelu Lukaku WILL return to Chelsea this summer, confirms Inter Milan’s CEO as he admits the Belgian ‘is not the player we got to see in years gone by’ after scoring just five goals in 18 appearances in Italy

  • The Belgian forward returned to Inter Milan on loan from Chelsea last year
  • Has failed to live up to his previous lofty heights with the Italian giants 
  • Giuseppe Marotta confirmed they will not sign him permanently this summer

Romelu Lukaku will return to Chelsea this summer, Giuseppe Marotta, Inter Milan’s CEO, has confirmed.

The Belgian was sent on loan to his former club last year by Chelsea after failing to deliver following his £97m transfer from the Italian club in 2021. 

Decisive in Inter Milan’s 2020-21 Scudetto winning campaign under Antonio Conte, Lukaku has failed to live up to those lofty standards and will once again return to Chelsea this summer. 

‘The loan was for one season so on June 30 regardless of how well he plays, he’ll go back to Chelsea,’ Marotta told Sky Italia. 

‘This has been an unprecedented season. I’m referring of course to the World Cup. The problems we’ve experienced have been experienced by other clubs too and the players who played at the World Cup.

Romelu Lukaku will return to Chelsea this summer it has been confirmed by Inter Milan’s CEO

The Belgian has struggled throughout this season – having been blighted by injury troubles

‘Lukaku is a case in point. [Marcelo] Brozovic isn’t the Brozovic we know. Lukaku hasn’t found the fitness he needs to play his best football. 

‘He’s still not at his best or the player we got to see in years gone by.’

As noted by Marotta, Lukaku’s campaign with Inter has been marred by fitness issues and question marks surrounding his suitability as a top level number nine for a success-hungry side.

He has missed 12 games in Serie A alone this term through injury, while when he has played he has often appeared slow and laborious, lacking that incisive pace and explosiveness that made him so irresistible during his initial spell with the club.

Lukaku has only managed three goals in the league, and two in the Champions League.

With his latest Chelsea spell having ended in acrimonious circumstances following an interview just months after joining in which he professed his love for Inter and his desire to return to Italy, it is not clear how warmly supporters would welcome his return.

Simeone Inzaghi has struggled to get the same tune out of the Belgian as Antonio Conte

Lukaku (L) has failed to live up to the lofty standards he himself set at the club in 2020-21

Meanwhile, Inter made the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2010/11 on Tuesday night when they secured a 1-0 aggregate victory over Porto. 

‘We played a great game, the group came together and played a great match,’ Simeone Inzaghi said after the 0-0 draw in Portugal, having beaten them 1-0 at home three weeks prior.

‘[We were] excellent first half. In the last part of the match, we suffered all together – honour to this group.

‘In football, luck counts relatively, [but] in the two legs, we deserved the passage to the quarter-finals. Now, it’s right to enjoy a feat that has been missing for a long time.’

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