Inter boss Giuseppe Marotta hints Romelu Lukaku could return to Chelsea

Inter boss Giuseppe Marotta has hinted that Romelu Lukaku could return to Chelsea following the sacking of Thomas Tuchel, but insists talks will only take place after the current campaign.

  • Romelu Lukaku returns to Stamford Bridge at the end of the 2022-2023 campaign
  • Inter manager Giuseppe Marotta has hinted at a possible return next season
  • This comes after Thomas Tuchel was sacked by Chelsea boss Todd Boehly
  • Marotta said Inter will hold talks with Chelsea at the end of the season
  • He said new Chelsea manager may want Lukaku to return to Stamford Bridge

Thomas Tuchel’s departure from Chelsea could see Romelu Lukaku return to Stamford Bridge at the end of the 2022-2023 season.

The Belgian striker has signed for Serie A side Inter Milan on loan just a year after leaving them for Chelsea in a massive £97.5m deal.

However, Inter manager Giuseppe Marotta has said talks with Chelsea will take place at the end of the season as the new Blues boss may want Lukaku to return to the club.

Inter boss Giuseppe Marotta hints Romelu Lukaku could return to Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel’s departure from Chelsea could see Romelu Lukaku return to the club

Speaking to Sky Sports Italia, Marotta said: “It’s fresh news. I don’t know what effect the change of coach will have [for Lukaku’s future].

“We want to get the best performance from Lukaku and then at the end of the season we will sit down and talk about him with Chelsea.”

He added: “I don’t know if a change of coach means his return is automatic, it’s hard to predict today.”

Lukaku sealed a dramatic return to Inter earlier this summer and has contributed a goal and an assist in three games so far this season, with Inzaghi’s men eighth in the table.

Owner Todd Boehly sacked Thomas Tuchel - who had a strained relationship with Lukaku - after the 1-0 defeat by Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.

Owner Todd Boehly sacked Thomas Tuchel – who had a strained relationship with Lukaku – after the 1-0 defeat by Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.

Inter manager Giuseppe Marotta said the change in management could alter Lukaku's future plans and they will speak to Chelsea at the end of the season.

Inter manager Giuseppe Marotta said the change in management could alter Lukaku’s future plans and they will speak to Chelsea at the end of the season.

Lukaku’s return to Inter this summer on loan came after an unexpectedly poor return to former club Chelsea, in which he managed just 13 goals in 42 games in all competitions, having arrived for a record £97.5million in August of 2021.

Despite scoring three in his first four games. Lukaku then went without a goal in the Premier League until December, where he scored in back-to-back games before another barren spell that lasted until May.

Lukaku was also in Tuchel’s bad books after criticizing the Chelsea boss and suggested he wanted to return to Inter in a bombshell interview with Sky Italia at the end of December.

Lukaku sparked controversy last December by claiming he was unhappy at Chelsea and wanted to return to former club Inter. He said: “I don’t think any of that [his departure] it should have been done the way it was.

Lukaku struggled for form when he returned to Stamford Bridge and fell out of favor under German manager Tuchel.

Lukaku struggled for form when he returned to Stamford Bridge and fell out of favor under German manager Tuchel.

As a result, he signed for Serie A giants Inter on loan just a year after leaving them for Chelsea in a whopping £97.5m deal (Lukaku pictured in 2019)

As a result, he signed for Serie A giants Inter on loan just a year after leaving them for Chelsea in a whopping £97.5m deal (Lukaku pictured in 2019)

“The way I left Inter and the way I communicated with the Inter fans. This pisses me off because now is not the right time but it wasn’t the right time when I left either.

“I always said that I love Inter and I will play for them again. I really hope so. I fell in love with Italy. Now is the right time to talk about it and tell the world what really happened, without saying anything bad about anyone, because I’m not like that.

“I really want to apologize to the Inter fans because I don’t think I should have left Inter the way I did. I should have talked to you guys first, especially after everything you’ve done for me, my family, my mom, my son. I will never forget this.

“I hope from the bottom of my heart to return to Inter and not at the end of my career, but when I’m still at a good enough level to win more trophies.”

Chelsea eventually took the decision to send Lukaku back to his former club on loan during the summer transfer window, having failed to reach the heights they had hoped for.

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