Family of Romelu Lukaku’s agent threatened over Chelsea transfer
Romelu Lukaku’s agent Federico Pastorello has published a statement amid threats aimed towards his family over his client’s Chelsea transfer. Lukaku’s club-record return to Stamford Bridge was confirmed on Thursday, despite a widespread belief that he’d remain at Inter Milan this summer.
The 28-year-old has rejoined Chelsea on a five-year deal after two seasons at Inter.
He helped the Nerrazzuri lift their first Serie A title in 11 years last term, scoring 24 league goals under former Blues manager Antonio Conte.
After completing his return to England, Lukaku expressed his excitement to help Chelsea build on their continued silverware collection.
He said: “I came here as a kid who had a lot to learn, now I’m coming back with a lot of experience and more mature.
“I have supported Chelsea as a kid and now to be back and try to help them win more titles is an amazing feeling.”
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Pastorello has also shut down suggestions that Lukaku’s Inter departure was money-driven.
“The narrative – that Lukaku’s transfer was ‘engineered’ and ‘forced’ just the pander to financial interests – is leading everyone absolutely astray,” Pastorello explained.
“Where Lukaku has never publicly expressed any unease or discontent about his experience at FC Internazionale, his contractual situation or the well known events of the Club, the interest of Chelsea has really touched Romelu’s soul from the very first moment because that club means to him something unique and special.”
Lukaku returns to Chelsea as an entirely different player to the one that departed for Everton in 2014.
Since then, he has accumulated over £200m in transfer fees after ruthlessly bagging goals at Goodison Park, Manchester United and Inter.
Thomas Tuchel will have been craving a prolific goalscorer for his squad after Timo Werner netted just six times in 35 league games in his debut season at Chelsea.
The big Belgian could be the final piece of the puzzle for Tuchel to guide Chelsea to domestic dominance on top of their recent European success.
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