Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has been blamed for making the wrong choice this summer on his return to Stamford Bridge, as the Belgian continues to struggle at the club.
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The Blues spent £97.5m to bring the Belgian back Chelsea after being sold to Everton in 2014, but Lukaku has become somewhat of a spectator in recent weeks as Kai Havertz takes the lead. The 28-year-old was successful on his return, but since his injury in October, things have not been the same.
Aside from a month-long injury, Lukaku also caused quite a stir when he hinted at a possible return to Inter after just six months, and his relationship has not been the same with Thomas Tuchel and fans tell from that. And due to his unrelenting efforts, Lukaku has been accused of making the “wrong” choice this summer.
That’s according to the former Manchester United star Patrice Evra, who believes he should have stayed in Italy after a successful season with Inter. Evra told Prime Video: “‘His critics have a very short memory. Because when he got to London he scored and played well; then he got injured and said he missed Inter.
“In the end, he made a bit of a mess with [Chelsea] fan. He wants to return to Chelsea at all costs, he should have stayed at Inter after such a high season. He made the choice there which for me was wrong. “
Lukaku was seen as the missing piece in Chelsea’s puzzle earlier this season, as signings made under Frank Lampard began to suit Tuchel, with only one clue missing. But after a quick start, Lukaku has gone downhill and he is yet to score in Premier League to the present calendar year.
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Despite the difficult situation Lukaku is in, Tuchel defended Chelsea’s decision to sign the Belgian, as he said: “We signed Rom because we believed in him, and of course it didn’t work until now, but it is subject to change.
“We have a reason to spend this money and he has a reason to come here and complete his Chelsea program. This is still ongoing.” But Lukaku let fans down at the end of 2021 when he revealed to Sky Italy that he only joined Chelsea because Inter did not offer him a new contract.
Lukaku said: “I told myself there was only one team that I could see myself in – Chelsea. I didn’t think about going there, but at one point they came for me and so I asked. [Inter boss Simone] Inzaghi is gone.
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“The fact that they didn’t try to get me to sign a new contract bothered me a bit, even hurt me. If Inter offered me a new contract, I would stay 100%. That goes without saying. “
Following his comments and due to the fact that his form has dropped significantly, Lukaku has been linked with a return to Inter this summer, but after Chelsea spent £97.5m on him. him just 9 months ago, it’s unlikely they’ll let him go on the cheap. . The amount that Chelsea offered was too much for Inter to refuse, so it is unlikely that they are ready to pay it all back.
But they were knocked off the top of Serie A by nasty rivals AC Milan, although Inter could be one point behind title rivals if they win the match. Lukaku scored 24 goals last season when Inter won the title for the first time in a decade, but he has only managed five Premier League goals since returning to Chelsea.