Giuseppe Marotta hints Romelu Lukaku could return to Chelsea after Thomas Tuchel’s shock sacking

Thomas Tuchel’s departure from could see Romelu Lukaku return to Stamford Bridge at the end of the 2022-2023 campaign.

The Belgian striker signed for Serie A giants Inter Milan on loan, just one year after leaving them for Chelsea in a whopping £97.5million deal.

However, Inter’s director Giuseppe Marotta has said that talks with Chelsea will take place at the end of the season as the new Blues boss may want Lukaku to return to the club.

Speaking to Sky Sports Italia, Marotta said: ‘It’s fresh news. I don’t know what the effects of the change of coach will be [for Lukaku’s future].

‘We want to get the best performance out of Lukaku, and then at the end of the season we will sit down and talk about him with Chelsea.’

He went on to add: ‘I don’t know if a change of coach means that his return is automatic, it’s difficult to predict today.’

Lukaku sealed a dramatic return to Inter earlier this summer and has contributed one goal and one assist in three games so far this season, with Inzaghi’s men eighth in the standings.

Lukaku’s return to Inter this summer on loan came after an unexpectedly poor return to former club Chelsea in which he managed only 13 goals in 42 games in all competitions, having arrived for a club-record fee of £97.5m in August 2021.

Despite scoring three in his first four games. Lukaku then went goalless in the Premier League until December where he scored in successive games before another barren patch that lasted until May.

Lukaku was also in Tuchel’s bad books after he criticised the Chelsea boss and suggested he wanted to rejoin Inter Milan in a bombshell Sky Italia interview at the end of December.

Lukaku sparked controversy last December by claiming he was unhappy at Chelsea and that he wanted return to his former club Inter. He said: ‘I don’t think any of it [his departure] should have happened the way it did.

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