Romelu Lukaku says has averred in a recent interview that his move to Chelsea has been a mistake and that he wants to return to Inter Milan 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.”
Inter fans defaced a mural of Lukaku upon his departure in the August.
The fans vandalised the artwork and also produced a banner accusing the Belgian of ‘breaking their balls’.
Pictures emerged online of the mural with black paint sloshed all over the image of Lukaku in an Inter shirt pointing to the sky.
His No 9 and the name on his shirt can barely be seen after the vandals ruined the piece.
And they also unfurled a banner in Italian that roughly translates to: “You broke our balls.”
Inter’s Curva Nord ultras are said to be responsible for the vandalism.
And a message on their Facebook page accused Lukaku of being a ‘money-grabber’.
But now he has tried to make amends with those supporters he left upset by declaring his desire to return to Inter.
Lukaku continued: “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”.
“I want apologize to the Inter fan, the timing of my words was wrong: what you did for me will remain forever.”