Romelu Lukaku has expressed his delight after rejoining Inter Milan on loan from Chelsea.
Lukaku headed to Chelsea last year for £97.5million, but, despite some encouraging early signs, the move didn’t work out.
The Belgium international was clearly unsettled in London and made no secret of his desire to return to Inter, who he initially joined in 2019.
After the move was confirmed on Wednesday, Lukaku revealed he had remained in touch with Inter coach Simone Inzaghi after his departure last summer and was pleased to be back.
Asked what convinced him to return, he said: ‘The affection of the fans and my team-mates, but also the opportunity to work with the coach.
‘I stayed in contact with him all last season. I think the coach is doing well with the team. I want to contribute and do good for this club.
‘It’s like coming home. I think my family and I had a really good time in Milan thanks to the people, the fans and my team-mates. From the first day when I arrived here everyone helped me a lot, I’m really happy.
‘I didn’t even leave my home when I went to England, which shows how happy I am to be back here. Now I just want to see the guys on the pitch.’
Lukaku is now hoping to build on his previous successes with Inter, who finished runners-up to AC Milan and won the Coppa Italia without him last season.