January 28, 2022


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Chelsea announce club record £97.5m Romelu Lukaku deal

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Chelsea have confirmed Romelu Lukaku’s return to Stamford Bridge after he completed his transfer from Inter Milan for a reported £97.5m fee.

The 28-year-old Belgian striker has signed a five-year deal at club he spent three years at from 2011, the latter two on loan at West Brom and Everton.

After signing permanently for Everton in July 2014, he would go on to play for Manchester United before making the move to Italy where he would score 47 goals in 72 Serie A games for Inter.

“I’m happy and blessed to be back at this wonderful club,’ Lukaku told Chelseafc.com.

“‘It’s been a long journey for me. I came here as a kid who had a lot to learn, now I’m coming back with a lot of experience and more mature.

“The relationship I have with this club means so much to me, as you know. I have supported Chelsea as a kid and now to be back and try to help them win more titles is an amazing feeling.

“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.

“Since I left Chelsea, it’s been a long journey with a lot of ups and downs, but these experiences made me strong and the challenge is to try to help the team win some more trophies. I can’t wait to get started and to help the club achieve more success.”

It completes a good 24 hours for Thomas Tuchel’s side after they claimed the Super Cup with a penalty shoot-out win over Villarreal at Windsor Park on Wednesday evening.

They begin their Premier League season when Crystal Palace travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

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