Romelu Lukaku says the time was right to complete a “perfect” return to Chelsea, seven years after leaving Stamford Bridge.
The striker has signed a five-year deal as Thomas Tuchel finally ends his search for a new striker, which also included admiring glances at Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero and first-choice target Erling Haaland.
Lukaku returns to the Premier League after two years with Inter Milan, in which time he scored 64 goals in 95 games and won Serie A.
“I’m happy and blessed to be back at this wonderful club,” Lukaku told the club’s official website.
“It’s been a long journey for me: I came here as a kid who had a lot to learn, now I’m coming back with a lot of experience and more mature.
“The relationship I have with this club means so much to me, as you know. I have supported Chelsea as a kid and now to be back and try to help them win more titles is an amazing feeling.
“The way the club is going fits my ambitions perfectly at 28 and just coming off winning Serie A. I think this opportunity comes at the right time and hopefully we can have a lot of success together.
“Since I left Chelsea, it’s been a long journey with a lot of ups and downs, but these experiences made me strong and the challenge is to try to help the team win some more trophies. I can’t wait to get started and to help the club achieve more success.”
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