Lukaku re-joins Inter on loan. 29-year old returns to Inter to resurrect career.
Romelu Lukaku has re-joined Inter Milan on a season-long loan from Chelsea, the two clubs confirmed Wednesday, less than a year after the Belgian striker became the Premier League club’s record signing.
Lukaku joined Chelsea for a second time in his career last August for a reported 97.5m pounds ($118.3m), penning a five-year deal.
But the 29-year old failed to hold down a regular spot in coach Thomas Tuchel’s team and returns to Inter to try to resurrect his career.
“I’m at the top of Inter HQ and look who I have here,” Inter president Steven Zhang said in a post on Twitter, panning the camera to show Lukaku.
Lukaku was a player transformed in Milan after leaving Manchester United in August 2019.
He changed his diet, lost weight and gained form as he scored 64 goals in 95 games in all competitions over two years.
His 24 league goals helped Inter clinch their first Serie A title in 11 years in 2020-21, ensuring he became a firm fan favorite.
Lukaku was seen as the missing piece in Tuchel’s Chelsea setup, with the then European champions seemingly lacking a figurehead up front.
But he made just 16 starts in the Premier League last term, scoring eight goals.
He did little to endear himself to Chelsea fans in December when he told Sky Italia that he was unhappy with Tuchel’s system while also admitting.
He would like to return to Italy at some point in his career.