Romelu Lukaku returned to Chelsea from Inter Milan on Thursday with a record 97 million pounds ($135 million) transfer fee, seven years after his first performance at Stamford Bridge. The Belgian forward helped Inter Milan win their first Serie A championship in 11 years last season, but the financial difficulties of the Italian giants forced them to sell their valuable assets to the Premier League team. “I’m very happy and lucky to be back at this great club,” said Lukaku, who has signed a five-year contract. “For me, this is a long road: I came here when I was a child, and there are a lot of things to learn. Now I have come back with a lot of experience and I am more mature.
“The way the club is going fits my ambitions perfectly at 28 and just coming off winning Serie A. I think this opportunity comes at the right time and hopefully we can have a lot of success together.”
Lukaku scored 64 goals in two seasons in Italy to quickly become a hero at the San Siro.
But the 28-year-old has also performed well in the Premier League, scoring 113 goals in matches for Manchester United, Everton and West Brom.
So far, the only blemish on Lukaku’s career is his first game at Chelsea, because he failed to score in 15 games.
As the obvious heir to Didier Drogba, 18-year-old Lukaku was quickly frustrated by the lack of opportunities in the first team.
Drogba is a hero because Lukaku’s first season as a Chelsea player ended with his first Champions League victory in club history.
But he later claimed that due to the limited time of the game, he felt he “did not participate” in this success.
The prolific loan of with West Brom and Everton demonstrated Lukaku’s ability to score goals in the Premier League before making a permanent move to Toffees in 2014.
After scoring 87 goals in Everton’s three seasons, Chelsea called again , but Lukaku went on to sign for Manchester United for 75 million pounds.