Report: Graham Potter will hold talks with Chelsea loanee next summer about future, he would fit preferred system

Graham Potter will reportedly hold talks with Romelu Lukaku next summer about his future at Chelsea.

Lukaku, 28, is currently on a season-long loan at Inter Milan that includes no obligation to buy.

The left-footed striker endured a tough return to Stamford Bridge last season when he re-signed for the Blues, which is why he was allowed to depart on loan this campaign.

He’s back with Italian giants Inter for the year, the club where he’s arguably played the best football of his career so far.

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Potter talks with Lukaku

According to ESPN, Potter is expected to sit down for talks with Chelsea loanee Lukaku about his future at the end of this season.

It is explained that the Belgian centre-forward is “very keen” to stay at the San Siro, but that would require Inter to negotiate another loan or a permanent transfer.

The report says Chelsea’s new boss has not closed the door on the idea of him returning the Blues squad.

Also, Potter’s preferred system of a 3-5-2 formation would fit well with Lukaku, who’s enjoyed playing as part of a two-man attack in the past.

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The Athletic previously claimed that Lukaku would have been more open to staying at Chelsea if he had known Thomas Tuchel would be leaving as manager.

There’s been plenty of changes at the Bridge since Lukaku left on loan in the summer, mainly the change of management to appoint Potter.

For now, Lukaku should be allowed to focus on his football as he tries to recapture his best form in Serie A.

His season has been interrupted by an ankle problem at the start, but the Belgian has a World Cup on the horizon he’ll want to be in good form for.

Many Chelsea fans will feel like there’s no way back for Lukaku in West London after last year. Let’s see what Potter and the player makes of the situation next year, though.

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