Romelu Lukaku is set to emerge from isolation on Monday and begin his Chelsea adventure for the second time.
But as excited as we might be to see him fulfill a destiny that was writ ten years ago, fans of his previous team might be just as disappointed and upset to see him leave — especially after declaring his intension to stay (even if he also admitted at the time that such a declaration might be premature).
Lukaku’s farewell statement to the Interisti hopes for understanding for why that situation might have changed and how the allure of a job unfinished at his heart-club was simply impossible to resist.
Breaking up is never easy.
“Dear Inter fans,
“Thank you for loving me as one of your own.
“Thank you for making me and my family feel at home in Milano.
“Thank you for the unconditional support and love on a daily basis.
“Thank you for motivating me even more after the first season.
“When I came to Inter, I immediately felt that I would do well for this club.
“The love and reception I first received at Malpensa airport was the start of a beautiful story.
“I made it my mission to never let you down every time I wore the Inter shirt.
“I gave 100% in every training session and every game so that I could make you proud.
“Out first season ended in the toughest possible way, but you guys gave me the strength to continue to keep pushing and we did as a team. That’s why we became champions together.
“I hope you guys understand my decision to move on to Chelsea. It’s chance of lifetime for me and I think at this time of my career it is a chance that I always dreamed of.
“One thing is for sure and that is that I will always remain an Interista, because without you I wouldn’t be the player or man I am today.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
“Grazie di cuore
“Sempre forza Inter
-Romelu Lukaku; source: Instagram