Romelu Lukaku will again look to resurrect his career in Italy, after completing a sensational return to Inter de Milan on loan for a year, just 10 months after arriving at Chelsea for $135 million as the seventh most expensive soccer player in history, at the time.
It was a big deal for Inter, who will reportedly pay Chelsea 8 million euros ($8.4 million) plus up to 2 million euros in bonuses for Lukaku. The 29-year-old striker will go down in history as one of the Premier’s worst signings and has apparently taken a pay cut to ensure his return to Italy after a misstep in his second spell with Chelsea.
“It seemed impossible for him to come back, but we did it and I am grateful to him (Inter president Steven Zhang) for the way he kept pushing and believing it was possible,” Lukaku said in an interview with Inter TV.
“We did it, and in the end I am delighted to be back,” he added.
Lukaku also revealed that he had kept his house in Milan after signing with Chelsea.
“That means something,” he commented. “I’m delighted to be back and I can’t wait to go out with my teammates.”
The transfer means the return of Inter’s offensive duo with Argentine attacker Lautaro Martínez, a dangerous duo dubbed “LuLa” by the Italian press.
“I’m very happy,” Lukaku said in a video recorded by Zhang and posted on the team’s social media on Wednesday.
“That’s why I’m here,” Lukaku replied when asked by Zhang if he would score many goals.
Lukaku scored 47 goals in 72 Serie A games in his previous two seasons with Inter, and in 2021 he helped the Nerazzurri win the league for the first time in 11 years.