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Inter Milan chief Giuseppe Marotta says Romelu Lukaku’s return could be confirmed in ‘a few days’

‘We’re happy to bring him home’: Inter Milan chief Giuseppe Marotta confirms Romelu Lukaku’s return could be confirmed in ‘a few days’ after he takes on a £6.9m loan…and says the £98m Chelsea flop ‘has done very well for us’

  • Inter Milan ready to bring Romelu Lukaku back on Chelsea loan
  • The Belgian did not live up to high expectations after his £98 million move last summer
  • Inter chief Giuseppe Marotta revealed Lukaku’s move could be agreed this week
  • He praised the struggling striker and said the club were ‘lucky to bring him home’

Romelu Lukaku’s return on loan to Inter Milan could be confirmed in ‘the coming days’, club CEO Giuseppe Marotta has revealed.

The Belgian left the San Siro to Stamford Bridge with big expectations on his shoulders after signing for £98million last summer, and although he got off to a good start in West London, he soon struggled to form and found himself in the pecking order under Thomas Tuchel.

Lukaku also held a controversial interview with Italian media in which he admitted he was unhappy with his role under the German coach – teasing a return to Italy – which led to him being dropped from the Chelsea roster.

Romelu Lukaku is about to complete his loan-back return to Inter Milan

The club's CEO, Giuseppe Marotta, has confirmed that the move could be completed in a few days

Romelu Lukaku (L) is about to complete his loan spell return to Inter Milan, club CEO Giuseppe Marotta (R) has confirmed.

The Belgian has struggled with confidence since his £98million return to Chelsea last summer

The Belgian has struggled with confidence since his £98million return to Chelsea last summer

After a subpar campaign in which he scored just eight Premier League goals, Lukaku’s departure seemed inevitable and Inter are locked in negotiations with Chelsea over a loan spell, which will see them pay £6.9million to secure him for the season.

He was due to undergo a medical this week, and now Marotta has revealed the deal should be closed in a few days.

“We have to thank the availability of the presidency and the owners,” Marotta said of the move, via Goal† “I hope it can be closed, not in a few hours, but in a few days.”

“We can’t make it official yet,” he added. “He is a returning player who has done very well with us and we are happy to bring him home.”

New co-owner Todd Boehly was convinced that Lukaku’s departure was best for all parties as the Belgian made it clear how determined he was to leave.

Lukaku 'did very well' for Inter Milan, Marotta insists as club nears his signature

Lukaku ‘did very well’ for Inter Milan, Marotta emphasizes as the club nears his signature

Sorting out his position was one of the new American chief’s first big jobs and he was quick to allow his departure so Chelsea could focus on recruiting a new striker – with Man City’s Raheem Sterling as target of the Blues.

Lukaku has been labeled by some as one of the worst ever transfer flops in Premier League history after failing to reach the high heights expected of him despite becoming Chelsea’s record signing last year.

He scored a total of 15 goals – spanning cup competitions – but he was tipped to send Chelsea to the Premier League title and his campaign was hampered by injuries and controversy off the pitch.

It all came to a head in December, when Lukaku gave his explosive interview with Sky Sports Italia, stressing that he was “not happy” at Chelsea.

Lukaku's year at Chelsea was full of controversy and he got into a fight with boss Thomas Tuchel

Lukaku’s year at Chelsea was full of controversy and he got into a fight with boss Thomas Tuchel

‘After two years in Italy, during which I worked a lot at Inter with trainers and nutritionists, I am doing well physically.

“But I’m not happy with the situation, this is normal. I think the coach has chosen to play with a different system, I just should not give up and keep working and become a professional.

“I’m not happy with the situation, but I’m a worker and I shouldn’t give up.”

He also admitted he wanted to return to Inter – just four months after returning to Chelsea – and said he was “in love with Italy”.

“How I left Inter, how I communicated with the fans, this bothers me because now is not the right time, but even when I left, it was not the right time.

The Belgian gave an explosive interview to the Italian press in December in which he said he was unhappy

The Belgian gave an explosive interview to the Italian press in December in which he said he was unhappy

“Now I think it is right to speak because I have always said that I have Inter in my heart, I will return to play there, I really hope so.

“I’m in love with Italy, this is rightly the time to talk and let people know what really happened without talking bad about people because I’m not like that.

“I want to apologize to the Inter fans because I think the way I left should have been different.

“I really hope in the bottom of my heart to return to Inter, not at the end of my career, but at a still good level to hopefully win more.”

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