Romelu Lukaku DOES have a future with Chelsea despite links to Inter Milan, insists Petr Cech

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Romelu Lukaku DOES have a future with Chelsea despite links to Inter Milan, insists technical director Petr Cech, who says he has ‘full confidence’ that the struggling Belgian will bounce back with a ‘strong season’

  • Chelsea’s unsettled striker Romelu Lukaku has been linked with Inter Milan  
  • But Petr Cech has backed him to stay at the club and have a strong season
  • Lukaku struggled to find his best form after returning for £98m last summer 
  • But the technical director said he had ‘full confidence’ he could bounce back

Chelsea’s technical director Petr Cech says he has ‘full confidence’ that struggling striker Romelu Lukaku can bounce back and have a ‘strong season’ despite heavy speculation linking him with a return to Inter Milan. 

Lukaku was signed for a club-record fee of £98million last summer but the Belgian has failed to hit the lofty heights expected of him, scoring just eight times in the league in a season where he fell out with boss Thomas Tuchel. 

The 29-year-old released a bombshell interview where he stated his unhappiness at Stamford Bridge in December and was dropped from the German’s team. He improved towards the end of the campaign but has still been tipped to make a swift exit from Stamford Bridge.

Romelu Lukaku has been tipped to have a strong season

Club director Petr Cech believes he has a future at the club

Romelu Lukaku has been backed to have a ‘strong season’ by Chelsea director Petr Cech

Cech says he has full confidence Lukaku will return to his best despite links to Iinter Milan

Cech says he has full confidence Lukaku will return to his best despite links to Iinter Milan

Lukaku cited a desire to return to the San Siro in his explosive interview and the Serie A club a reportedly lining up a loan – though they will have to pay a £20m loan fee – though Cech has backed him to stay and become much stronger next season.

The boardroom member feels Lukaku was set back by niggling injuries and picking up Covid and is confident he show fans his true quality. 

‘I personally believe he will have a great season,’ he said, via Football Daily. 

‘Last season we [saw] how strong he can be when he came. Unfortunately, the long term injury he sustained against Villa slowed everything down, and then he had Covid as well.

Lukaku has been linked with a return to Italy after falling out of favour under Thomas Tuchel

Lukaku has been linked with a return to Italy after falling out of favour under Thomas Tuchel

‘We could see towards the end of the season when he was fit and ready to go how strong he is. We had a particular season with the Covid issues around Christmas. He was one of those players affected.

‘I have full confidence he will bounce back and have a strong season.’ 

Reports from Italy this week suggested Chelsea were willing to send Lukaku back to Inter, but that the club wanted a player in exchange as part of the deal.

The report from Gazzetta dello sport claimed they were keen on signing one of three players – Martinez, Lukaku’s former strike partner and centre-backs Milan Skriniar and Alessandro Bastoni.

The same outlet claimed new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly was ready to sanction Lukaku’s exit on loan despite him arriving for a huge fee last summer, with the American billionaire set to sit down with Tuchel to discuss the move. 

Lukaku, who is reportedly willing to take a 50 per cent pay cut to facilitate a switch back to Italy, was asked about his future while away on international duty. 

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly was reportedly ready to approve the Belgium striker's departure

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly was reportedly ready to approve the Belgium striker’s departure

Ahead of Belgium’s 4-1 defeat by Holland on Friday, reporters asked the 29-year-old whether he would be returning to Italy this summer. 

The striker – who limped off injured during the Nations League fixture – remained tight-lipped, telling the press he ‘can’t talk about the future’.

In his interview that stunned Chelsea and English football last year, Lukaku spoke of his admiration for Inter and that he hoped to return soon. 

‘I don’t think any of it [his departure] should have happened the way it did,’ he said at the time.

Lukaku fell down the pecking order at Chelsea and enraged them with a bombshell interview

Lukaku fell down the pecking order at Chelsea and enraged them with a bombshell interview  

‘The way I left Inter and the way I communicated with the Inter fans. I’m annoyed about that because it’s not the right time now but it wasn’t the right time when I left either.

‘I always said that I love Inter and I’ll play for them again. I really hope so. I fell in love with Italy. Now is the right time to talk about it and tell people what really happened, without saying anything bad about anyone, because I’m not like that.

‘I want to really apologise to the Inter fans because I don’t think I should have left Inter the way I did. I should have spoken to you guys first, especially after everything you did for me, for my family, my mum, my son. I’ll never forget that.

‘I hope from the bottom of my heart to go back to Inter and not at the end of my career but when I’m still at a good enough level to win more trophies.’ 

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