Chelsea forward rejects chance of Conte reunion at Spurs in favour of Serie A return

Dan Butterfield
Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku

Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku has rejected to chance to reunite with Antonio Conte at Tottenham in favour of a return to Inter, according to reports.

The Belgian worked with Conte at Inter and scored 24 goals in the title winning campaign under the Italian in the 2020/2021 season.

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He then re-joined Chelsea last summer in a deal worth around £100m but it hasn’t gone to plan for the forward at Stamford Bridge.

Lukaku scored just eight Premier League goals this season and often found himself on the bench with the likes of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner preferred by manager Thomas Tuchel.

His off field antics haven’t helped either with the 29-year-old doing an interview earlier this campaign in which he criticised his role under Tuchel and admitted he would like to return to Inter.

Since, he has been heavily linked with a move back to join the Italian giants, who finished second in Serie A to rivals AC Milan this season.

However, according to CalcioMercato (via Caught Offside), Spurs boss Conte made an approach to Lukaku, but the former Manchester United man rejected in favour of a return to Milan.

Lukaku would prefer a move to Inter because it would give him the chance to be a leader, something that would be less of the case at Chelsea or Spurs.

Meanwhile, Lukaku’s Blues teammate Christian Pulisic has admitted he would like more playing time going forward at Chelsea. 

“As far as right now, I’m obviously just focused on what I’m doing here [with the USMNT]. And I’m super excited to be here,” said Pulisic (via Goal).

“Of course, I want to get more playing time. I want to be on the field as much as I can and be the sharpest I can be and fit as well.

“I think I still have a lot of games, but it’s always something that I’m working at and trying to be regular at club level as well to put myself in the best position to be fit when I come here with the national team.”

When asked about Todd Boehly’s takeover of Chelsea, Pulisic added: “At the end of the season, we were able to meet with them and they were around the club a lot.

“They are really good people so I’m excited moving forward.”