Romelu Lukaku has once again spoken out in glowing terms about his former club Inter Milan.
The Belgian striker proved influential as Antonio Conte brought the Nerazzurri back to the top of the Italian game, scoring 24 Serie A goals during their title-winning campaign.
Lukaku’s struggles since joining Stamford Bridge have been well documented and the 28-year-old opened up about his love for Inter in a controversial interview with Sky Italia in December, apparently hinting he wasn’t entirely happy with it Chelsea.
Thomas Tuchel, meanwhile, has admitted the former Manchester United striker is unhappy with his small role in the team, with Kai Havertz moving into the central attacking bay of late.
For their part, parts of the Inter support have criticized Lukaku for leaving San Siro in the first place following a financial restructuring that also saw striker, Conte and influential full-back Achraf Hakimi leave.
After being named 2020/21 Player of the Season (via Football Italia), the Belgium star spoke again to Italian outlet AIC about his time in Italy.
“The club [Inter] has always supported us and so have the fans, who I want to thank,” he said.
“Being in front of Cristiano Ronaldo is something that doesn’t happen every day. For me he is one of the three best players in football history. He also took me to another level because he does great things.
“I am delighted to have been included in the top XI in Serie A last season. I want to thank everyone who voted for me and the team that helped me a lot, the coach and his staff. It was the team’s effort and it’s an honor to be in the top XI.
“It was my dream as a kid to play in Serie A and I did everything to achieve it. I am happy that I did.
“It’s an honor to be named Player of the Season. It’s something I couldn’t achieve without the help of the team. They have helped me to realize great things. We won together and improved a lot. Everyone has evolved and the coach has always been close to us. This award gives me a lot of confidence for the future.”
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