‘I thought I would be a hero but that wasn’t the case’: Romelu Lukaku admits his woeful return to Chelsea has left him ‘angry’ – and insists he’s desperate to remind people of what he is ‘capable of’ back at Inter Milan
- Romelu Lukaku has returned to Inter Milan after a disappointing year at Chelsea
- The Belgian was loaned back to Inter just one year after leaving for £97.5m
- Lukaku revealed he thought he would become a hero to fans at Stamford Bridge
- His failed spell though has left him angry, and is keen to show what he can do
Romelu Lukaku has reflected on his difficult season at Chelsea as he aims to remind people about what he is ‘capable of’ while on loan at Inter Milan.
The Belgian striker has returned to the Serie A giants on loan, just one year after leaving them for Chelsea for a massive £97.5million fee.
Speaking to DAZN, as per Football Italia, Lukaku revealed he wanted ‘revenge’ at Chelsea after leaving as a youngster, and didn’t become the ‘hero’ at Stamford Bridge like he had expected.
Romelu Lukaku was left disappointed by his season at Chelsea after failing to become the hero to the club’s supporters like he had intended – before his loan return to Inter Milan this summer
He said: ‘The season at Chelsea gave me extra motivation to do even better than before. I think in one year everyone has forgotten about the things I am capable of doing on the pitch.
‘That is a kind of anger that I have inside me. That now the team has it too, which didn’t win last year, all together we hope to do better and bring something home.’
When asked what went wrong at Stamford Bridge, he responded: ‘So many things. I think before, when I left, I wanted to take revenge at Chelsea because when I was young it was my team for 11 years. I had the opportunity to go back there and thought I would be a hero, but that wasn’t the case.
Lukaku struggled for consistency at Stamford Bridge following his £97.5m switch last summer
The Belgian striker is keen to remind people what he is ‘capable of’ now he is back at Inter
‘In March, when I heard there was an opportunity to come back here, slowly I didn’t say anything, but toward the end of the season we did a very good job with the club and I was able to come back here.
‘I make reflections only at the end of the season, so after the last game I put myself to think what my situation was.
‘I saw that as a player with Inter I did well, the season at Chelsea for me was difficult. I had no doubts, that’s why I made the decision to come back here.’
Lukaku was at Chelsea from 2011 to 2014, before he joined Everton following loan spells at the Merseyside club and West Brom.
After that he had a difficult spell at Manchester United, before returning to his best form during a two-year stint at Inter Milan.
In his second season at the San Siro, Lukaku fired the club to the title, scoring 24 league goals in 36 Serie A matches.
Lukaku grew frustrated at Chelsea and regularly had to contend with a place on the bench
This prompted his club record move to Chelsea, where he scored just 15 goals in 44 appearances.
Lukaku also told DAZN that he doesn’t care about being the top scorer in Serie A and his main focus is to lead the club back to the title – after they missed out to city rivals AC Milan last season.
He will hope to quickly get his prolific partnership with Laurtaro Martinez back running – a player who was the first from the Inter squad to find out about Lukaku’s return.
Inter Milan kick off their season on Saturday, when they travel to play Lecce.
Lukaku is keen to fire Inter back to the Serie A title after they missed out to AC Milan last season