Romelu Lukaku to stay at Inter Milan despite Chelsea, Manchester City interest

Romelu Lukaku has announced his intentions to stay at Inter Milan despite rumored interest from other European clubs.

Lukaku has expressed his intentions to stay at Inter Milan despite the interest shown by Chelsea and Manchester City who are on the lookout for a new striker. Lukaku had a phenomenal season in the Italian top-flight division where he scored 24 league goals and managed to set his teammates up with 11 assists. To add to his season Inter Milan also won the Scudetto – Serie A league title as they managed to put an end to Juventus’s 9-year league title dominance. Lukaku was named the league’s Most Valuable Player over Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus who finished the season as the 2020/21 Serie A top scorer.

Despite Inter enjoying a successful season, the coronavirus pandemic coupled with the Chinese government’s new orders, Inter’s Chinese owners have faced heavy losses are looking to sell some of their key players. This did not sit well with Antonio Conte who eventually parted ways with Inter and is rumored to be the next Tottenham Hotspurs manager. Hence questions were raised about the future of these key players which include Lukaku.

Chelsea and Manchester City are looking to strengthen their squads for next season. The former won the Champions League but suffered from having no goal threat from their new signing Timo Werner. Chelsea might look to add to their attacking prowess. On the other hand, Manchester City bid goodbye to legend Sergio Aguero who is set to join Barcelona on a free transfer. City is reportedly targeting Harry Kane as their first choice but consider 22-year old Erling Haaland and Lukaku as secondary targets.

“Yes, I am staying,” Lukaku told broadcaster VTM. “I feel good at Inter.”

“I’ve already had contact with the man who normally becomes our new manager,” Lukaku added. “Maybe I shouldn’t say that yet … but it was a very positive conversation.

“There’s also the challenge of doing it again (winning the league).”

Simone Inzaghi who is set to leave Lazio after his contract expires this month has reportedly signed a 2-year deal with the new Inter Milan as the new manager.

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