The Belgium international had been sold not even a year ago for €113m, but immediately realised his mistake and pushed for a return to San Siro as early as the January window.
It finally happened today, as he passed his medical and signed the contract at the club headquarters, sealing a one-season loan at a cost of €8m plus performance-related bonuses and accepting a 35 per cent pay cut.
“We signed the documents a few minutes ago, it’s all done,” lawyer Sebastien Ledure told Sky Sport Italia.
“We are all very happy and also tired, but it’s all OK. We’re very happy with this move.”
It had seemed impossible to begin with, but Chelsea too realised Lukaku was not suited to Thomas Tuchel’s tactics and above all determined to get his reunion with the Nerazzurri.
“Nobody believed at the beginning, everyone said it was impossible, so we had to be discreet and work in the shadows. It’s what we did, so did Chelsea and Inter. This is the result, Big Rom is back and we already know it’s going to be a success.”
Was Ledure afraid at any point that the whole affair could collapse?
“There was fear in every moment, because it was a very difficult situation that we’d never seen before, a player sold a year earlier for a price that we all know was going to be difficult. But we believed from the first moment, we worked step by step and that was the best way to do it.”
This is a dry loan, so there is no option to buy, but it’s also difficult to think how Lukaku could return to Chelsea after making it so very clear he wanted to be back at Inter.
So what happens next season?
“We don’t know. Nobody can talk about what happens a year from now. Let us enjoy this season, enjoy this comeback and then we’ll see. The important thing is he is back and he’s very happy. That’s what matters for now.”
Lukaku all’Inter, l’avv. Ledure: “Felici, mai vista un’operazione così. Ora godiamoci la stagione” https://t.co/sG2p4NoaZY
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