Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku is keen on staying at Inter Milan permanently despite Graham Potter’s hinting at his potential return to Stamford Bridge, according to reports in Italy.

Lukaku‘s future is, of course, an important part of Chelsea’s plans this summer.

Regardless of whether he will stay at Chelsea or not, he remains one of the highest-earning players in the squad and arguably one of the most valuable, too.

Blues manager Graham Potter refused to clarify anything about Lukaku’s future, but he is not closing the door on the striker’s possible re-integration, either.

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“Although he is our player, he is on loan and an Inter Milan player,” Potter told the media on Friday when asked about Lukaku.

“I think it is important he finishes that off. Then we have a decision to make in the summer.

“He is someone I admire a lot, I like a lot but again it is something to think about over the summer.”

According to La Gazzetta della Sport, however, the Belgium international prefers to stay at Inter and is fighting for his permanent return to Italy.

Inter director Beppe Marotta previously said that Lukaku will “definitely” return to Chelsea before any possible agreement between the two clubs.

This is despite a claim from The Times that Inter and Chelsea have an agreement in principle for Lukaku to stay in Milan for a second year on loan.

The 29-year-old, who struggled with injuries earlier this season, has only scored five goals for Inter in all competitions this term.

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