Almost exactly two years after Romelu Lukaku joined Inter from Manchester United for a club-record transfer fee, he returned to England with Chelsea as the Nerazzurri’s most expensive sale. Lukaku’s 64 goals and 17 assists in 95 appearances spurned Inter to a second-place finish in both Serie A and the Europa League in his debut campaign before going one step further last season. Lukaku will always have a special place in our memories thanks to his key role in Inter’s long-awaited Scudetto victory. The Belgian bid farewell to his home of two years Sunday on Instagram.
“Dear Inter fans, thank you…
“Thank you for loving me as one of you. Thank you for making me and my family feel at home.
“Thanks for the unconditional support and daily love. Thanks for motivating me even more after the first season.
“When I arrived at Inter, I immediately felt that I would do well for this club. The love and the welcome I received at Malpensa airport was the beginning of a beautiful story.
“I decided to never disappoint you every time I wore the Inter shirt. I gave 100 per cent of myself every day, in every training, but especially in the games, to make you happy.
“The first season ended as hard as possible, but you guys gave me the strength to keep pushing and we did it as a team, that’s why we became champions.
“I hope you understand my decision to move to Chelsea. It’s a chance of a lifetime for me and I think at this moment in my career, it’s the chance I have always dreamed of.
“One thing is certain, that I will remain an Interista forever, because without you I wouldn’t be the man and the player I am today.
“So, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you. Thank you so much. Always, Forza Inter!”
Thanks for an incredible two years, Romelu.