Romelu Lukaku has handed Chelsea transfer setback after hinting he is not looking to leave Inter Milan.
The Blues are in the hunt for a leading marksman this summer and have turned to the Belgian who was on their books between 2011 and 2014 but unable to score in just 15 games having been signed from Anderlecht for £18million.
However, since leaving Stamford Bridge the 27-year-old has blossomed into one of Europe’s deadliest strikers and this season has scored 27 goals in 41 games for Inter.
In doing so he has helped the San Siro outfit end Juventus’s nine-year domination of Serie A and earned Inter their first league title since 2010.
Lukaku celebrated title success with fans as he took to the streets in his car, revealing his pride in playing for the Italian giants.
“I am so happy for all the Inter fans in the world, for the team, the staff, the president and everyone,’ Lukaku told Sky Sport Italia.
“It was a wonderful year for us, I am truly proud to play for Inter.
“I wanted to come out here and celebrate along with the people. I told my friend this was the best way to experience it, to be there with the fans.
“For me and many of my team-mates, this is our first league title, so it’s a moment we wanted to share with them.’
Lukaku came close to landing Inter a trophy last year, having tasted defeat in the Europa League final during his first season in Italy, where he struck 34 goals in 51 games, rebuilding his reputation following a mixed spell at Manchester United.
Asked whether this was the best season of his career, Lukaku responded by hinting he was happy to stay at Inter by targeting future success at the club.
“Last year was good too, but yes, this was the best of my career. It’s wonderful and I hope to continue like this. I want to thank everyone, I am truly so happy.”
Although Lukaku is happy to stay at Inter, the Italian club’s poor finances due to Covid mean they may be forced to offload their assets – with Chelsea ready to pounce.
Inter Milan have been crowned Serie A champions with four games to spare – ending Juventus’ run of nine titles in a row.
Antonio Conte’s side beat Crotone 2-0 on Saturday, with Christian Eriksen and Achraf Hakimi’s goals putting them on the edge of glory.
And second-placed Atalanta’s failure to beat Sassuolo, falling to a 1-1 draw, has sealed the title for Inter.
That is the club’s first Serie A title since 2010.
And the Nerazzurri’s supporters trooped out to celebrate their club’s feat after the match between Atalanta Sassuolo.
The Italian tactician has won his fourth Scudetto after the three conquered with Juventus.
Inter had won their last Serie A title in the 2009-10 campaign with José Mourinho in the dug-out.
The Special One is the last foreign coach to have won the Serie A title and the only one different from Conte, Massimiliano Allegri and Maurizio Sarri to have claimed the Scudetto in the last 11 years.