Romelu Lukaku pledges future to Inter amid Chelsea interest


Romelu Lukaku has said he will remain at Internazionale next season after helping them to their first Serie A title in 11 years. Chelsea’s manager, Thomas Tuchel, is planning a move to bring the striker back to Stamford Bridge.

Lukaku, who has a contract to 2024, was named Serie A’s most valuable player after getting 24 goals and 11 assists, beating the Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo to the award. Inter are set to sell players as part of cost-cutting efforts to cope with the financial impact of the pandemic but do not want to lose Lukaku.

“Yes, I am staying,” Lukaku told the broadcaster VTM. “I feel good at Inter.” Inter parted ways with coach Antonio Conte shortly after winning the title and Lukaku said he had been in contact with Conte’s replacement. Inter are to appoint Simone Inzaghi, whose contract at Lazio expires this month, on a two-year deal.

“I’ve already had contact with the man who normally becomes our new manager,” said Lukaku, who joined Inter from Manchester United in 2019. “Maybe I shouldn’t say that yet … but it was a very positive conversation. There’s also the challenge of doing it again [winning the league].”