I wanted to join Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich – Lukaku

NNPC report

Romelu Lukaku has admitted he saw his future elsewhere than Chelsea, before he returned to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

The 28-year-old striker dropped a bombshell on the club yesterday after quotes were released saying he was ‘not happy with the situation’ under Thomas Tuchel and that he ‘knows’ he will return to Inter Milan in the future.

It has raised serious questions on his future after the club – just four months after he completed a £97.5m move to Chelsea who he has supported since he was a child.

Sky Italia’s interview with Lukaku as also revealed the Belgian believed that his future would be at one of three other clubs before Chelsea came in for him.

The striker said: ‘Last summer I went to talk to the Inter board and I asked for a new contract.

‘I said ‘I’m 28, I wanted to plan my life in Italy with a new deal,’ but Inter said no. Maybe there wasn’t the economic possibility. For me it was difficult to accept.

‘There are three teams at top level: Barcelona, Real (Madrid), Bayern (Munich). All the players dream of them, that’s the truth. I thought I was going to one of those clubs after Inter.

‘This didn’t happen and I said ‘there is only one club where I can imagine myself, it’s Chelsea’.’

Lukaku has also revealed he didn’t think about going to Chelsea until they first contacted him.

He said: ‘Last summer I didn’t think about going to Chelsea until they really came with an offer. Simone Inzaghi behaved very well with me.

‘When Chelsea contacted me it was a challenge for me. Also because it bothered me a lot to have ever won Premier League titles in 8 years.

‘It was hard to turn down the chance to return to the Premier League in the club I support since I was a child.’