Chelsea have announced their re-signing of Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan for a club record fee of £97.5m. Lukaku, who was the second top scorer in Serie A last season has signed a 5 year contract with Chelsea.
Having initially signed for Chelsea in 2011, Lukaku had loan spells at West Brom and Everton due to the lack of first team opportunities. The Belgian scored 87 goals for Everton and 42 for Manchester United before leaving Premier League to join Inter Milan, where he helped Antonio Conte’s side win the Serie A title last season.
Speaking to Chelsea’s official website Lukaku expressed his happiness in returning back to Chelsea. He added “I’m happy and blessed to be back at this wonderful club. It’s been a long journey for me: I came here as a kid who had a lot to learn, now I’m coming back with a lot of experience and more mature.”
“The relationship I have with this club means so much to me, as you know. I have supported Chelsea as a kid and now to be back and try to help them win more titles is an amazing feeling.”
“The way the club is going fits my ambitions perfectly at 28 and just coming off winning Serie A. I think this opportunity comes at the right time and hopefully we can have a lot of success together.”
“Since I left Chelsea, it’s been a long journey with a lot of ups and downs, but these experiences made me strong and the challenge is to try to help the team win some more trophies. I can’t wait to get started and to help the club achieve more success.”
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said “Romelu Lukaku is quite simply one of the world’s best strikers and goalscorers. We are absolutely delighted to be bringing him back to the club he loves, and are excited to be adding his talent to our Champions League-winning squad.”
“We are of course looking to build on last season’s success, and Lukaku will play a big role in achieving our targets.”
Source: Sky Sports