Antonio Conte has insisted that Romeu Lukaku was a good signing for Chelsea. Moreover, Conte also believes that Romelu Lukaku is still one of the best strikers in the world. Speaking to reporters ahead of the match with rivals Chelsea, Conte said that a ‘situation outside of football’ forced Lukaku’s return to Inter Milan. Moreover, Conte also insisted that given some time, Romelu would have been great at Chelsea.
Lukaku had a brilliant run of spells under Conte during the 2019-20 season. Conte won the Serie A in the 2019-20 season and Romelu was instrumental in this win. Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez, under Conte, formed a brilliant partnership that helped them clinch the Serie A. Conte departed to join Tottenham and Lukaku was snapped up by Chelsea with a record fee.
Chelsea broke the bank for Romelu Lukaku in the 2021/22 season. They paid a whooping £97.5million to get the striker from Inter Milan. However, he underperformed massively at Chelsea. Moreover, his unfortunate interview with Sky Sports further led to a disparity in the dressing room between Lukaku and Tuchel. The relationship between the club and the player became worse due to a poor run of form by the Belgian. This season, Romelu pushed for an exit from Chelsea to Inter Milan. Now, Lukaku has joined Inter Milan on loan this season and will be looking to put his time with Chelsea behind him.
Antonio Conte’s statement on Lukaku
Speaking to the Telegraph, Conte said:
We are talking about a big amount of money for a player and I think we are talking about a really important striker in the world. But sometimes a situation outside of football happens and I think Lukaku lived two years in Milan and he was the king. The fans showed him a lot of passion and I think he’s a guy who needs this. And for this reason, I think he wanted to go back to Milan. But, for sure, the signing was a good signing for Chelsea. Then, you know very well there are players that need more time to make an impact. But, for sure, he was a good signing for Chelsea.Antonio Conte via the Telegraph
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