Romelu Lukaku has explained why he left Serie A champions Inter Milan to return to Chelsea after seven years.
The Blues confirmed the Belgian's return on Thursday evening in a club record deal reportedly worth €115million.
The move did come about as a surprise intially after Lukaku had stated before the European Championship that he was happy at Inter Milan.
The Serie A Player Of the Year admitted that now is the right time to return to Stamford Bridge, where he only made 15 appearances in his first stint.
"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," Lukaku said, as per the club's official website.
"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.
"The way the club is going fits my ambitions perfectly at 28 and just coming off winning Serie A. I think this opportunity comes at the right time and hopefully we can have a lot of success together.
"Since I left Chelsea, it’s been a long journey with a lot of ups and downs, but these experiences made me strong and the challenge is to try to help the team win some more trophies. I can’t wait to get started and to help the club achieve more success."
Lukaku still holds the record for the youngest foreign player to reach 100 goals in the Premier League at the age of 24 years and 191 days, only Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney, Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.
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