Romelu Lukaku will have two key goals for next season as he returns to Inter, first earning supporters’ forgiveness for his departure last summer and then proving that he can once again make the difference for the Serie A title.
The Belgian wants to reaffirm himself as a Nerazzurri player both on and off the field, according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport.
Lukaku’s sale to Chelsea around a year ago came as a huge surprise to fans, players, and staff alike, since it came following a frantic process that saw the Belgian move nearly overnight.
The departure caused many unfavorable feelins among fans, while the player himself rapidly regretted his decision, so much so that he pushed to return to Inter, eventually succeeding.
Now that Lukaku is back at Inter, it will be difficult for the 29-year-old to just pick up where he left off. The Belgian’s connection with Inter supporters still needs to be healed, and while fans will be pleased to see him back in an Inter shirt, he also understands that they will expect him to prove himself and regain their faith.
Furthermore, the striker understands that the events of the last few years will put a lot of pressure on him to prove that he can lead Inter back to the top of the Italian football league.
Lukaku’s first season in Milan culminated in Inter’s first Serie A victory in eleven years, and the Nerazzurri were pushed off their throne by local rivals AC Milan during his season away in the Premier League.
The Belgian will be eager to re-earn the supporters’ faith by making the same impact he made the previous time around, as well as to get one over on an old foe in Rossoneri striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.