August 10, 2022

Romelu Lukaku’s return to Inter Milan on loan could be confirmed in ‘the next few days’, the club’s CEO Giuseppe Marotta has revealed – as he admitted the Italian giants were ‘happy to bring him home’ after his nightmare year at Chelsea. 

The Belgian left the San Siro for Stamford Bridge with huge expectations on his shoulders after signing for £98million last summer, and while he made a good start to life back in west London, he soon struggled for form and found himself down the pecking order under Thomas Tuchel. 

Lukaku also conducted a controversial interview with Italian media admitting he was unhappy with his role under the German coach – teasing a return to Italy – which saw him dropped from the Chelsea squad.

The club's CEO Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed the move could be wrapped up in a few days

Romelu Lukaku (L) is on the verge of completing his loan return to Inter Milan, the club’s CEO Giuseppe Marotta (R) has confirmed

The Belgian has struggled for confidence since his £98m return to Chelsea last summer

The Belgian has struggled for confidence since his £98m return to Chelsea last summer 

After an under-par campaign that saw him net just eight Premier League goals, Lukaku’s exit seemed inevitable and Inter have been locked in talks with Chelsea over a loan return, which will see them pay £6.9m to secure him for the season.

He was expected to undergo a medical this week, and now Marotta has revealed the deal should be wrapped up in just a few days’ time.

‘We have to thank the availability of the presidency and the owners,’ Marotta said about the move, via Goal. ‘I hope it can be closed, not in a few hours, but a few days.’

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‘We cannot make it official yet,’ he added. ‘He is a returning player who has done very well with us and we are happy to bring him home.’

New co-owner Todd Boehly was convinced Lukaku’s departure was best for all parties once the Belgian made it clear how determined he was to leave.

Sorting out his feature was one of the new American chief’s first big jobs and he has been swift in allowing his exit to enable Chelsea to focus on signing a new forward – with Man City’s Raheem Sterling targeted by the Blues. 

Lukaku has been labelled by some as one of the worst ever transfer flops in Premier League history after failing to hit the lofty heights expected of him despite becoming Chelsea’s record signing last year. 

He scored 15 goals overall – scattered across cup competitions – but he had been tipped to fire Chelsea to the Premier League title and his campaign was hampered by injuries and controversy off the pitch. 

Everything came to a head in December, when Lukaku gave his explosive interview with Sky Sports Italia stressing he was ‘not happy’ at Chelsea.

‘After two years in Italy, in which I worked a lot at Inter with trainers and nutritionists, I am physically fine.

‘But I’m not happy with the situation, this is normal. I think the coach has chosen to play with another system, I just have to not give up and continue to work and be a professional.

‘I am not happy with the situation, but I am a worker and I must not give up.’

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He also admitted he wanted to go back to Inter – just four months into his return to Chelsea – saying he was ‘in love with Italy’.

‘How I left Inter, how I communicated with the fans, this bothers me because it is not the right time now, but even when I left it was not the right time.

‘Now I think it is right to speak because I have always said that I have Inter in my heart, I will return to play there, I really hope so.

‘I am in love with Italy, this is rightly the time to talk and let people know what really happened without talking badly about people because I am not like that.

‘I want to say a big apology to the Inter fans because I think the way I left should have been different.

‘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 hopefully win more.’