Inter will need to get over the departure of Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea
Inter will need to get over the departure of Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea AFP / MIGUEL MEDINA


  • Romelu Lukaku is back with Inter Milan on a loan spell this season from Chelsea
  • The Belgian forward himself admits that he would love to stay for the long run
  • Lukaku acknowledges that talks of a permanent stay are only going to happen in the summer

2022 was not a great year for Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku as his row with Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel had him being dropped altogether from the team for a few games before an apology allowed him to take the field once again.

But in the summer transfer window, Lukaku saw made a surprising return to Inter Milan on a season-long loan for the 2022-23 season that saw the Italian Serie A side pay £6.9 million ($8.3 million) Chelsea for his fee.

With the two sides reunited, Lukaku seems all that more interested to stay with the club that he spent the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons with.

Lukaku, 29, was recently interviewed by Sky Sports Italia and the forward was asked about his future plans–to which he had the following to say.

"Everyone knows what I want. Now, I have to do everything necessary with the team for Inter to win and then we can talk to Chelsea," said Lukaku upon translation of the transcript.

"I'm fine, Inter always has the ambition to continue growing. I want to stay here and do things right. I hope to do well with Inter in the next six months, work hard and then in the end we talk to Chelsea and hope to find a solution."

Lukaku also noted that his son plays for the Inter Milan youth academy and while it may not seem like a big deal to others, it seems to be part of his decision to potentially extend his stay with I Nerazzurri.

His initial foray into Italy, as noted earlier, was in the 2019-20 season where he scored 23 goals in 36 league appearances for the club–leading them to a second-place finish in Serie A after losing out on the top spot held by Juventus by just a single point.

The following season, Lukaku and Inter Milan grew closer together as they successfully captured the league title by a sizable 12-point margin over A.C. Milan and a monstrous goal difference of plus-54 while only allowing 35 goals scored against them which was a season-best.

But for this season though, Inter Milan is going through some struggles after losing five games, featuring disappointing performances against A.S. Roma and Juventus recently.

Other than club soccer, Lukaku's campaign alongside his Belgium teammates in the 2022 World Cup crashed and burned as they were unceremoniously trounced from the tournament after losing 2-0 to Morocco and an uninspired draw against Croatia to finish third in Group F.

While all eyes are on Lukaku's plans for a possible permanent transfer, the forward is not rushing things and will address transfer concerns in the summer window.

Romelu Lukaku has endured a difficult second spell at Chelsea
Romelu Lukaku has endured a difficult second spell at Chelsea AFP / Glyn KIRK