Romelu Lukaku has confirmed his wish to stay at Inter Milan next season despite Premier League transfer interests.
The 28-year-old has enjoyed a stellar season in Italy and led Antonio Conte’s side to the Scudetto, ending Juventus’ nine-year cycle of domestic victories.
His 24 goals in 36 Serie A appearances have earned him the league MVP title and have sparked interest from Chelsea and Manchester City for a return to the Premier League.
However, speaking from the Belgian training camp ahead of Euro 2020, Lukaku confirmed that he would not seek to move away from San Siro this summer despite the departure of Conte and the imminent arrival of Simone Inzaghi in as a head coach.
“Yes, I am staying,” he told Dutch TV station VTM.
“I have already had contact with the man who normally becomes our new manager. Maybe I shouldn’t say it yet … but it was a very positive conversation.”
“There is also the challenge of starting over [winning the league with Inter]. I feel good at Inter. “
Lukaku is valued at around £ 100million by Inter and they want to take advantage of at least one of their top players, which is part of the reason Conte’s decision to step down as manager last week.
The former Chelsea boss, who is now in talks to join Tottenham, has been told the club are due to cut their budget by € 100million for next season.
According to Sky in Italy, Achraf Hakimi remains Inter’s star player most likely to leave this summer, with the £ 70million Moroccan international being hotly pursued by Paris Saint-Germain.
Lukaku arrived in the Premier League in 2011 when he joined Chelsea from Anderlecht, but failed to score for the Blues in his debut season, prompting the club to loan him to West Brom and then at Everton in successive seasons.
He eventually thrived after joining the Toffees on a permanent contract in 2014, scoring 53 goals in three seasons at Goodison Park, which earned him a £ 75million transfer to Old Trafford in 2017.
After two seasons of ups and downs at United, he signed for Inter on a five-year contract in 2019, scoring 64 goals so far in two seasons for the Nerazzurri.