Romelu Lukaku is ‘not happy’ with his situation at Chelsea and could look to move away despite re-signing for the club last summer. The Belgian striker is being linked once again with a move back to Inter Milan, the club the Blues bought him from.
According to Italian news outlet Calciomercato, Lukaku is becoming frustrated with his situation at Chelsea. The 28-year-old striker, who cost the west London club almost £100million in the summer of 2021, last started for the Blues in the Premier League against Crystal Palace back in February.
During his time with Inter, where he fired the Milan-based club to the Serie A title in the 2020/21 season, he scored 64 goals in 95 appearances. However, since returning to Chelsea, Lukaku has found the net on 12 occasions in all competitions, with just five of them coming in the Premier League.
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Lukaku publicly hinted that a return to Inter could be on the cards in the future back in December – something that left Chelsea supporters rather unhappy. He told Sky Italia: “I think everything that happened last summer was not supposed to happen like this… how I left Inter, the way I left the club, how I communicated with Inter fans – this bothers me because it was not the right time.
“Now it’s the right time to share my feelings. I have always said that I have Inter in my heart: I know I will return to Inter, I really hope so. I am in love with Italy, this is the right moment to talk and to let people know what really happened.
“I really hope from the bottom of my heart to return to Inter not at the end of my career, but when I am still at the top level to win more together. I want apologise to the Inter fans, the timing of my words was wrong: what you did for me will remain forever.”
Lukaku has since apologised to the Chelsea supporters for his comments, but rumours of a return to Italy are refusing to go away. Also, the recent form of Kai Havertz in the central striker position means that a route back into Thomas Tuchel’s plans remains difficult for Lukaku.