Romelu Lukaku drops transfer BOMBSHELL, wants to return to Inter Milan, says “I’m NOT happy with the situation at Chelsea”

Romelu Lukaku has sensationally opened the door to an Inter Milan return – only six months after leaving them to join Chelsea, saying his move to Stamford Bridge has been a mistake and that he wants to return to Inter while still in his prime.

The Belgian striker, 28, left the Italian side after helping them to Serie A glory last season for the Blues.

But despite an explosive start to life back at Stamford Bridge, the striker has now admitted that he is ‘not happy with the situation at Chelsea’ as he blasted Thomas Tuchel’s tactics in an explosive interview.

Lukaku has scored five goals in eight Premier League starts for the Blues this term.

That includes a strike against Brighton last night as his team were held to a 1-1 draw to lose ground in the title race to Man City.

But Lukaku’s impact has been limited by injuries and coronavirus over recent months.

And Chelsea boss Tuchel has frequently left him out of the starting XI even when he has been fit on several occasions.

Speaking to Sky Sport Italy, Lukaku said: “Physically I am fine. But I’m NOT happy with the situation at Chelsea.

“Tuchel has chosen to play with another system – I won’t give up, I’ll be professional. I am not happy with the situation but I am professional – and I can’t give up now.

“I think everything that happened last summer was not supposed to happen like this… how I left Inter, the way I left the club, how I communicated with Inter fans – this bothers me because it was not the right time.

“Now it’s the right time to share my feelings. I have always said that I have Inter in my heart: I know I will RETURN to Inter, I really hope so.

“I am in love with Italy, this is the right moment to talk and let people know what really happened.

“I really hope from bottom of my heart to return to Inter not at the end of my career, but when I’m still at top level to win more together”.

Brighton manager reacts to last-gasp draw at Chelsea

Brighton boss Graham Potter has heaped praise on his players after sharing spoils with Chelsea on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge.

A late goal from Danny Welbeck salvaged a well-deserved point for Brighton who put in an excellent shift during the second half.

Graham Potter, after the match, said: “I’m really proud, we were playing against a team that is full of quality.”

“We earned the point, I think the performance was really good.”

“It’s not easy to come here, they have invested heavily in a top class outfit and they are a different level to us.”

“I can’t speak highly enough of the boys.”

“If we’ve got everyone available then we’re a strong outfit.”

Half-Time Report: Chelsea lead at the break… Chelsea 1-0 Brighton

Chelsea deservedly lead at the break after a strong first-half performance which saw them dominate possession.

Romelu Lukaku’s header is separating the west London club from Brighton.

But after being second-best early on, Brighton grew stronger as the first half progressed and they’re still in this one with 45 minutes to go.

Brighton began to get into the game in the latter stages but have not been good enough to level the score.

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(Watch Goal on Video) Romelu Lukaku scores! 28’… Chelsea 1-0 Brighton

Chelsea in front – and it’s that man Romelu Lukaku with the goal!

It’s a powerful header from a corner and Robert Sanchez is powerless to stop it.

Mount sends the ball into the box from a corner, it finds Lukaku who heads it underneath Sanchez and into the goal.

VAR checks it as contact is made with Maupay in the build-up but the goal stands.

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Official: John Terry returns to Chelsea, wife congratulates Blues legend over move

Chelsea legend John Terry is officially returning to the west London club, but not as a player.

The Blues legend will undertake an academy coach consultancy job four years after he quit for Aston Villa.

Chelsea said: “John Terry is returning to Cobham to begin a coaching consultancy role at the Chelsea Academy.

“The Blues legend will work with our young players and coaching staff in our youth development programme, sharing the vast experience gained from his 20-year playing career and recent spell as assistant coach at Aston Villa.

“As well as delivering on-field coaching, our former club captain will contribute to coaching discussions with colleagues, mentor academy players and support parent dialogue.

“He will begin the role in a part-time capacity at the start of next month.

“This flexibility is beneficial for both John and the academy, as it allows him to continue to develop his own coaching skills alongside other commitments, while being used optimally within our development programme.”

Head of youth development Neil Bath said: “We are delighted to be welcoming John back to Cobham in a role that will involve coaching and mentoring the next generation of young players in our academy.

“It goes without saying that John’s experience in the game, both as a world-class player and more recently as an assistant coach in the Premier League, will be invaluable for everyone in the building.

“He will be a great mentor for our players and a fantastic asset to our coaching staff. We can’t wait for him to get started.”

Terry tweeted: “I’m delighted to announce that I’m coming home, and have taken up a consultancy role @ChelseaFC academy.

“As well as delivering on field coaching sessions I will be involved in coaching discussions and mentoring our academy players.”

Terry’s wife Toni rushed to congratulate him.

She wrote on Instagram: “So proud and happy for you babe. I know how much this means to you.

“To be back at the club you love is so very special.”

Chelsea set to battle Liverpool for red-hot Brazil international

Chelsea have entered the race to sign Leeds United winger Raphinha, who is also among the names on Liverpool’s radar, according to Sport Italia.

The Brazilian maestro was linked with the Reds during pre-season but ultimately remained at Elland Road after the all-important deadline.

It is claimed that Chelsea are working on a deal to see Raphinha make the switch to Stamford Bridge at the end of the campaign.

He is currently averaging a goal every two games with Leeds and looks set to play a significant role in shaping their fortunes once again between now and the summer.

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Inter Milan set to rival Chelsea for defence ace

Inter Milan could be set to emerge as Chelsea’s main rivals for the signature of Everton defender Lucas Digne, according to transfer expert Alfredo Pedulla.

The Blues have recently been credited with an interest in Digne as they go in search of a new left-back to provide cover for England ace Ben Chilwell, who is currently sidelined with a long-term injury.

However, they are likely to face stiff competition from Inter, with the Italian giants said to be conducting their own search for a top-class operator to strengthen their ranks at the back.

Everton are reportedly willing to negotiate a half-season loan deal for Digne with either club, suggesting that he could be forced out of the exit door over the coming weeks.

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Manchester City star passes Barcelona medical

Manchester City forward Ferran Torres has passed a medical in Spain ahead of his planned move to Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo.

A fee of around £55m has reportedly been agreed between the two clubs, with the switch likely to be announced before the end of the week.

Torres, who joined City from Valencia in the summer of 2020, recently informed Pep Guardiola of his desire to join Barcelona upon learning of their interest in his services.

He has racked up 43 appearances for the Premier League champions in all competitions, chipping in with 16 goals and four assists in the process.

Confirmed officials for Chelsea vs Brighton

Chelsea face Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Wednesday 29 December and it will be refereed by Mike Dean at Stamford Bridge.

The Premier League confirmed the officials for Matchweek 20 of the 2021/22 season, which will see Dean take charge of the meeting in the west London.

Mike Dean will be the referee for the Premier League clash – which is live on Amazon Prime.

Referee: Mike Dean

Assistants: Eddie Smart, Mark Scholes

Fourth official: Stuart Attwell

VAR: Kevin Friend

Assistant VAR: Simon Beck

REVEALED: Why Real Madrid refuse to sign Paul Pogba even for free

Real Madrid will not be signing Manchester United playmaker Paul Pogba on a free transfer ahead of next season, according to Foot Mercato.

The 28-year-old is not expected to sign a new deal at Old Trafford between now and the end of the current campaign, meaning that he will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club from next month.

The Spanish giants have long been credited with an interest in Pogba but are said to have no immediate plans to launch a move for his services.

They are reportedly concerned that his arrival would have the potential to stunt the progress of Eduardo Camavinga and Federico Valverde at the Bernabeu.