Chelsea have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Romelu Lukaku.
Inter Milan were expected to go through a fire sale this summer in order to raise funds and avoid going bankrupt.
But Lukaku revealed that he has spoken with the club’s hierarchy and wishes to stay. He told DevilTime show on Belgian TV station VTM, “Yes, I am staying. I’ve already had contact with the man who will become our new manager.
“Maybe I shouldn’t say that yet. It was a very positive conversation. There’s also the challenge of [winning the league] again. I feel good at Inter.”
“The heights I have reached as a player are thanks to him,” Lukaku continued. “He repeats a lot, repeats tactical exercises. In the beginning, it was mostly individual, lots of videos to get tactically better. He was always constructive in his criticism. Not killing me off to kill me off, but killing me to make me better.
“If you do that every day, for a player like me, who is super focused on football, I could only become a better player.
“When I heard he was going to leave, it was difficult because we have such a hungry group and guys who really work for the team. And then the cycle was suddenly stopped.”
Who will Chelsea go for instead? Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane is on the market but he is more strongly linked to Manchester City.