Chelsea told Romelu Lukaku transfer plans after Inter loan spell ends

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Romelu Lukaku is on loan at Inter from Chelsea
Romelu Lukaku is on loan at Inter from Chelsea / Giuseppe Bellini/GettyImages

Arsenal legend and former Belgium assistant manager Thierry Henry has revealed that Romelu Lukaku is not keen to return to Chelsea at the end of his current loan to Inter.

Lukaku came off the bench to score a late winner for Inter in the first leg of their round of 16 UEFA Champions League clash with Porto, heading home in the 86th minute to earn a narrow 1-0 win at San Siro.

Inter forked out around £8m during the summer transfer window to re-sign Lukaku on loan following a torrid spell at Chelsea, and retain an option to purchase the Belgian during the next transfer window.

Speaking after the game, former Belgium assistant Henry suggested Lukaku would not suit Graham Potter's style of play were he to return to Stamford Bridge, and said the 29-year-old intends to return to Inter on a permanent basis.

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"We had a discussion when he went to Chelsea, and I told him he's going to find it difficult to play at Chelsea," Henry told CBS Sports. "That happened to be the case, because of the way [Thomas] Tuchel liked to play. Pressing, you're the nine, I'm the nine, I'm the winger, you're the winger, you have to change.

"Rom likes to stay where he is. Feed him, play him in early, and he'll try to bully you.

"He was a different type of nine to what Tuchel wanted. Is he going to fit what [Graham] Potter's trying to do? They're struggling enough. And what does he want to do? I don't think he wants to go back. That's the main thing. He wants to stay at Inter."