Romelu Lukaku's decision to quit Inter for Chelsea transfer was 'more painful than people think', reveals agent

ROMELU LUKAKU returned to Chelsea this summer after seven years away from Stamford Bridge.

The Belgium international had just lifted the Serie A title with then-employers Inter Milan.

But when boss Antonio Conte departed in May, Lukaku soon followed after just two years in Italy.

Now his agent Federico Pastorello has opened up on the tough decision taken by his client in the face of heavy fan criticism.

He told Sky Italia: “We have received a lot of criticism from the Nerazzurri fans, but unfortunately when these things happen, they cause sorrow

“The truth is that the decision to leave Inter was much more painful than what people think, so much so that we really discussed it a lot.

“I am sincere in saying that we went ahead with this negotiation only because on the other side there was another club that represented a lot for Romelu.

“From an emotional and personal point of view it was very difficult, but I repeat: Chelsea looked for him with great desire and this was certainly very important for Romelu and in the choice he made.

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“Football goes on, Inter are now first in the standings, thanks also to the new players, so in this sense we are all happy.”

Lukaku eventually moved to Chelsea for a club-record £97.5million having left West London permanently for Everton back in 2014.

The stiker had taken in loan spells at the Toffees and West Brom before that as he struggled to nail down a place at the Bridge.

His season so far has been marred by injuries, limiting him to just 16 games in all competitions to date.

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