Lukaku set for Chelsea return at end of season

Romelu Lukaku will re­turn to Chelsea at the end of the season, regardless of how the final months of his Inter Milan loan play out, according to Beppe Marotta, the Italian club’s chief executive.

Lukaku returned to San Siro last summer on a season-long loan, just a year after joining Chelsea from Inter for a club-re­cord fee.

The striker struggled at Stamford Bridge and has con­tinued to underwhelm back in Italy, scoring just five goals and being limited by injury to only 18 appearances.

Lukaku has made his intention of not returning to Chelsea clear, but Marotta told Sky Italy: “The loan was for one season so on June 30, regardless of how well he plays, he’ll go back to Chelsea.

“This has been an unprece­dented season – I’m referring of course to the World Cup. Lukaku hasn’t found the fitness he needs to play his best football.

“He’s still not at his best or the player we got to see in years gone by.”

After firing Inter to the Scu­detto under Antonio Conte in 2020-21, forming an exceptional partnership with Lautaro Marti­nez, Lukaku returned to former club Chelsea in a blockbuster £98 million deal.

However, he struggled to get back up to speed in the Pre­mier League and pandered for a return to Inter in a shocking interview, which he got in the form of a loan this season.- Sky Sports

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