John Terry believes that Romelu Lukaku will be a “great asset” to Chelsea after the Belgian’s return to the club was confirmed last night.
The striker signed for the Blues from Inter Milan for a club-record fee of £97.5 million.
Lukaku starred during his two seasons in Italy, helping the club to win the Scudetto last season.
He scored 24 goals in 36 appearances and won the Serie A Most Valuable Player award.
His return to Chelsea comes seven years after he initially left the club to join Everton.
After scoring 68 goals in 141 Premier League games for the Toffees, he spent two seasons at Manchester United, where he scored 28 league goals before signing for Inter.
Lukaku told Chelsea’s official website: “I’m happy and blessed to be back at this wonderful club.
“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.”
Terry on Lukaku return to Chelsea
Chelsea legend Terry says he is delighted that Lukaku has made his return to the reigning Champions League winners.
Speaking to Astro SuperSport, he said: “I think he feels like he’s got unfinished business at Chelsea for sure.
“When he first arrived at Chelsea there was him, Kevin De Bruyne, Mo Salah as well.
“They were babies at the time but also the competition back then was [high]. He had to get ahead of Didier Drogba, which was very difficult to do – Didier was one of the best strikers in the world.
“But I’ve seen Lukaku grow year after year and he wasn’t afraid to go on loan to a West Brom, or to make his move to Man United and those big clubs, and to go to different countries and learn different traits, different assets that will make him a better all-round player.
“I firmly believe he will be a great asset for the football club.”
Lukaku could make his second Chelsea debut tomorrow, when Thomas Tuchel’s side host Crystal Palace on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.
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