'He was really happy at Inter': Former teammate of 'special' Lukaku reacts to his Chelsea transfer

Steven Defour backed Romelu Lukaku to make a splash following his tidal wave transfer to Chelsea from Inter Milan.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Defour responded to the news regarding his former Belgian international colleague.

Lukaku is mere moments away from being unveiled as a Chelsea player, over a half-decade since he departed to join Everton in 2014.

Life has now come full circle for the 28-year-old, who is no longer the boy that once looked out of depth at Stamford Bridge.

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Steven shares his thoughts

Defour, who spent seven years alongside Lukaku with the Belgium national team, believed his return to the Blues was a wise one.

“He is really special, not only because of his talent, he really worked hard, because he had a lot of critics about his first touch,” said the ex-Burnley midfielder.

“But he was always the guy to stay after training to improve himself.

“He really wants to be the best striker in the world and that’s what he’s aiming for.

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“He was really happy at Inter Milan, but we all know the money problems at Inter Milan.

“Everyone was thinking it could be a good deal for Inter Milan and also a way for Lukaku to a win Premier League.

“It’s a good opportunity. He is coming back like a big man because he won the Serie A.

“I think he really wants to prove himself in the Premier League and win the Premier League.”  

Round two for Romelu

Having to verify his abilities was probably one of the main selling points to Lukaku about re-visiting Chelsea.

Although he bagged a tonne of goals for Everton, his move to Manchester United was drowned in doubt.

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Inter Milan offered him an escape from the ever-watching English eye.

It allowed him breathing space to hone his skills and become the lethal no.9 that walks before us.

Saturday could be the day Lukaku renounces himself to the country, as Chelsea host Crystal Palace at the Bridge.

From then on, the future is in his hands.  

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.