Chelsea have confirmed Romelu Lukaku’s transfer back to Stamford Bridge, with the striker re-signed in a £97.5m deal.
And as it became clear first-choice target Erling Haaland was out of reach at Borussia Dortmund, focus turned to the Belgian hitman instead as a strong alternative.
“I’m happy and blessed to be back at this wonderful club,” said Lukaku. “It’s been a long journey for me: 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.
“The relationship I have with this club means so much to me, as you know. I have supported Chelsea as a kid and now to be back and try to help them win more titles is an amazing feeling.
“The way the club is going fits my ambitions perfectly at 28 and just coming off winning Serie A. I think this opportunity comes at the right time and hopefully we can have a lot of success together.
“Since I left Chelsea, it’s been a long journey with a lot of ups and downs, but these experiences made me strong and the challenge is to try to help the team win some more trophies. I can’t wait to get started and to help the club achieve more success.”
Romelu Lukaku Debut For Chelsea 2021
Lukaku is not expected to line up for Chelsea in their Premier League opener at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday (3pm) at Stamford Bridge.
But Blues fans should see the 28-year-old start-up top next Sunday when they take on London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday, August 22 (4.30pm).