Romelu Lukaku can fulfil Didier Drogba dream at Chelsea after ‘telling’ Inter he wants out
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Chelsea target Romelu Lukaku can finally fulfil his dream of emulating Didier Drogba at Stamford Bridge. Lukaku first joined Chelsea in 2011 but made just 15 first-team appearances before leaving to join Everton on a permanent deal in 2014. The Belgian came close to a return to the Blues in 2017 before Manchester United snuck in to seal his signature.
But Chelsea finally look set to get their man this summer.
Lukaku has had a stunning two seasons at Inter Milan, leading the club to their first Serie A title in 10 years last term.
But financial problems at the Italian giants mean their top players are being sold.
Achraf Hakimi has already left for Paris Saint-Germain in a deal that could be worth £60million.
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And Lukaku looks set to follow him out of the San Siro door.
The Athletic claims Lukaku told Inter on Wednesday he wants to move to Chelsea.
Chelsea have already seen at least one offer turned down for the former Everton star.
Lukaku was happy at Inter but Chelsea’s pursuit has persuaded him to think a return to west London is best for him.
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The Athletic claims Lukaku’s dream when he first signed for Chelsea was to have success like his idol Didier Drogba.
And now, in the prime of his career at the age of 28, it appears he is going to be given that chance.
Lukaku would be joining a Chelsea side who are Champions League holders and they would hope he can spearhead their push towards the Premier League title in the upcoming season.
In 2015 Lukaku spoke of his admiration for Drogba, whom he spent one season as a team-mate of.
“I text him, I phone him whenever I need him. He knows what to say and what not to say. That’s what I like about him,” Lukaku said.
“Didier is my idol and he knows it but I am Romelu Lukaku and I am proud of my family name and I want to make my own story.
“Of course I respect Didier a lot but I think there are differences in our style of play.
“I’m a young player, I want to play at a high level and help my team-mates.
“Hopefully at the end of my career I can say I did my best to create a name for myself. I still speak to Didier. He gives me tips all the time.
“We have had a really special relationship since day one.
“When I arrived at Chelsea they put me next to him in the dressing room so that is when it started and I saw what a top professional he was.”
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