'Not like this': Fabrizio Romano shares how Inter Milan fans feel about Lukaku's statement

Fabrizio Romano explained that Inter Milan supporters have not taken kindly to Romelu Lukaku’s love note to them.

Speaking on Rio Ferdinand’s YouTube channel, Romano said the black and blue side of the San Siro are seething at Lukaku’s comments about them.

What has Lukaku done?

The Belgian international cannot escape the headlines at the minute, thanks to his revealing interview with Sky Italia.

During this conversation, which was filmed around three weeks ago but published last Thursday, the striker voiced several significant statements.

He seemingly attacked Thomas Tuchel’s tactics, saying: “I’m just not very happy with the situation, but that’s normal. I think the boss has decided to play a different formation but I have to stick at it and get on with it professionally.”

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This certainly raised a few eyebrows, but the section that caught many by surprise was the part about his former employers.

“I always said that I love Inter and I’ll play for them again. I really hope so. I fell in love with Italy,” admitted Lukaku.

“I want to really apologise to the Inter fans because I don’t think I should have left Inter the way I did.

“I hope from the bottom of my heart to go back to Inter and not at the end of my career but when I’m still at a good enough level to win more trophies.”

How do Inter fans feel about Lukaku?

Hard hitting stuff if you are of a Chelsea persuasion.

For Inter followers, this outcry of emotion would normally tug on a few heartstrings.

But, according to Romano, their standpoint on the declaration is one of angered confusion.

“Talking about the general situation after the interview, maybe you could expect Inter fans to be happy with the interview. But it was not like this. Because Inter fans are not super happy,” said the transfer guru.

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“They say: ‘Why, during the summer did you say your dream was to join Chelsea, I’m sorry I’m leaving because Chelsea are my dream. Then after four months you jump into an interview and you say, nope sorry my dream was to say at Inter but they didn’t give me a new deal. So, why are you doing this kind of thing?’

“Inter fans loved him for two years. When Inter won the league after ten years, Romelu was jumping into the street with Inter fans. That’s not something normal in Italy.”

Public enemy number one

Lukaku earned the love and trust of those who wear the Nerazzurri colours, having fired them to a first Serie A title since 2010 last season.

Yet, after two, happy years, he re-joined Chelsea for mega bucks, leaving his Italian legacy in a rather frail state.

Now, it appears the centre-forward has incensed both sides of the pond.

The grovelling has now moved on to worshippers of Stamford Bridge in the form if a social media apology.

Scoring goals for Thomas Tuchel’s team and winning trophies is the only real way Lukaku can properly say sorry.  

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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.