Romelu Lukaku’s agent has revealed that the Chelsea striker was determined to re-join the Blues while he was still a Manchester United player in 2019.
Lukaku moved from Old Trafford to Inter that summer, scoring 64 goals in only two seasons with the Nerazzurri, before then returning to Chelsea in a £97.5m transfer in August.
The Belgian himself has already admitted that scoring his first goal at Stamford Bridge had been a ‘dream’ since the age of 11. Now, agent Federico Pastorello has explained that the move was on his client’s mind more than two years before it actually happened.
Pastorello also name-dropped Lukaku’s desire to play for Real Madrid at some point in the future.
"The market can offer you certain opportunities. I consider them like trains passing and when the right train stops at the right place, you need to step in and leave," the agent told Sky Sports.
“I could tell summer 2021 would be an important market for him. Three or four top clubs were looking for important strikers and on the market there was not one for each club.
“During his last season at Man Utd he always had Chelsea in his head. Real Madrid as well I have to admit. That is another dream of his in terms of imagining his career, but Chelsea was always 100 per cent his target.
“They were the love of his childhood so there was always this desire to come back. It was a question of pride. He had that in his head and his heart.”
Lukaku made a flying start to his second Chelsea spell, scoring four times in his first four appearances in all competitions. But he later went six starts across the Premier League and Champions League without a finding the net again, before succumbing to injury.