ROMELU LUKAKU have announced that he has turned down a lucrative move to Manchester City in 2020 and only left Inter Milan after they refused to offer him a new deal.
The 28-year-old eventually joined Chelsea in a club-record £97.5million transfer over the summer, where he spoke of his joy at returning to Stamford Bridge.
But the Belgium international has made a sensational disclosure that he wishes to return to the San Siro after being unhappy in West London.
His explosive comments angered boss Thomas Tuchel, who has promised showdown talks with the former Manchester United centre-forward.
And in fresh quotes from the second part of his interview with Sky Sports Italia, Lukaku has insisted that he wants to stay in Italy.
He said: “When I was at Inter, at the end of the first year, I turned down an offer from Manchester City, which was worth more than Chelsea this summer.
“I did it because it’s only been a year, it wasn’t the right time to leave and I didn’t want to.
“I wanted to do something good for Inter, because I have to say that Inter saved my career to some extent.
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“I was in a deep hole at Manchester United, things were not going well. I was a big investment for Inter but we did great things together.
“So after the second year of winning the Scudetto, I went to talk with the club chiefs and asked for a new contract.
“I did it because I told myself I’m 28, my family feels great in Milan, I still have my flat, my mother and my son can come and live there and We will all feel comfortable.
“But they did not want to extend my contract, there was no possibility. It was hard for me to accept it, because in my mind I told myself that I would be able to do a few more years in Milan.
“In my opinion, there are three absolute top teams in football – Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Every player dreams of playing for one of these teams one day.
“So I thought that if I had that possibility, I would sign a new contract with Inter and then go there.
“But it didn’t happen, so I told myself that there is only one team where I can see myself – Chelsea. I was not thinking of going there, but at one point they came for me and I asked [Simone] To go to Inzagi.
“The fact that they didn’t try to sign me a new contract bothered me a bit, it hurt me too. If Inter had offered me a new contract, I would have been 100 percent left. It went without saying goes.
“Also the fact that I hadn’t won anything in England in eight years there bothered me a lot.
“So it was hard to turn down the opportunity to be back here with the team I’ve supported since I was a kid.”
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