Antonio Conte may owe Chelsea a debt of gratitude as Romelu Lukaku completes his comeback to Chelsea.
Chelsea are close to completing the signing of Romelu Lukaku.
As Chelsea close in on Romelu Lukaku, they owe a debt of gratitude to Antonio Conte. Inter Milan has agreed to pay £97 million for the Belgian’s talents, and he is due to have a medical today.
After resigning as Inter Milan manager this summer, Conte accidentally pushed Lukaku to join Chelsea.
The Belgian international got along swimmingly with the 52-year-old, who made the most of his abilities as a striker.
They won Inter’s first Serie A title in ten years together, with Lukaku scoring 30 goals in all competitions last season.
Nothing better exemplified their love for one another than the striker’s passionate Instagram tribute to his former manager.
“[In] 2014, we spoke for the first time, and we have had a bond ever since,” Lukaku remarked after Conte’s departure.
“We had numerous opportunities to collaborate, but only God knows why it never happened sooner.
“You came at the appropriate time and essentially revolutionized my game by making me mentally stronger, and most importantly, we won together!
“Winning is and always has been everything to you, and I’m grateful to have had you as a coach.
“I will follow your values for the remainder of my career (physical preparation, mental preparation, and simply the will to win…) It was an honor to play for you!
“I appreciate everything you done. @antonioconte I owe you a lot.”
Lukaku’s opinion on staying at Inter changed after Conte left, according to Sky Sports, and Chelsea took advantage of it.
And the Blues will undoubtedly profit from having a consistent goalscorer in their ranks, something they lacked last season as players like Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham struggled to convert opportunities.
They shouldn’t have that problem with Lukaku, who will be a much more well-rounded player when he returns to the Premier League.
What will happen with Abraham, who has attracted interest from Atalanta, AS Roma, and Arsenal, remains to be seen.