Chelsea have suffered a blow in their pursuit of Romelu Lukaku who is currently on the books of Inter Milan.
The 28-year-old revealed to Belgian TV station VTM for their ‘Deviltime’ show that he is staying at Inter and has made his intentions known to the club’s incoming manager.
The Belgium international was spectacular for the San Siro side this season. He earned his name on the scoresheet on 24 occasions in 36 league appearances to lead the Nerazzurri to the Serie A title.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are currently in the market for a new centre forward and they have been linked with players like Harry Kane, Erling Haaland and Lukaku.
However, Manchester City are viewed as the most likely destination for Kane this summer, leaving Haaland and Romelu as more realistic targets for the Blues. But the 28-year-old striker has confirmed that he is not moving anywhere from the Serie A side.
“Yes, I am staying. I’ve already had contact with the man who normally becomes our new manager,” he said.
“Maybe I shouldn’t say that yet… but it was a very positive conversation.”
The experienced striker joined Inter Milan in August 2019 in a deal worth £74 million from Manchester United.
Since his arrival at the San Siro, he has clocked up 95 appearances across all competitions, scoring 64 goals and creating 16 assists in the process (stats from Transfermarkt).