Chelsea confirm Romelu Lukaku has joined Roma on a season-long loan with a blunt 59-word statement… as the Belgian striker escapes Stamford Bridge to team up with ex-Blues boss Jose Mourinho
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Romelu Lukaku has joined Roma on a season-long loan, Chelsea confirmed in a blunt 59-word statement on Thursday.
The Belgian joins former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in the Italian capital, finally escaping purgatory at Stamford Bridge.
Lukaku, who joined the Blues for £97.5million in 2021, stoked controversy by publicly revealing his wish to rejoin Inter Milan just four months after he penned his Chelsea deal.
The striker went back to Inter Milan on loan last season and has been seeking an exit since returning to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Chelsea held further talks with Roma on Sunday in a bid to agree a £7m loan fee for Lukaku and ultimately accepted a £5m fee to secure his exit.
Lukaku was asked to take a £7m cut on his annual salary of £17m.
Chelsea have confirmed that forward Romelu Lukaku has joined Roma on a season-long loan
The Belgian striker joins former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho (pictured) in the Italian capital
Confirming his exit on Thursday, Chelsea released a blunt statement which read: ‘Romelu Lukaku has completed a season-long loan move to Serie A club A.S. Roma.
‘The Belgium international, who joined Chelsea in the summer of 2021, spent the previous campaign on loan at Inter Milan.’
‘Lukaku will link up in the Italian capital with former Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho, who guided Roma to the Europa League final last season.’
The former Manchester United and Everton star has not been part of Mauricio Pochettino’s plans at Stamford Bridge, failing to make the starting line-up or bench in any of the Argentine’s matchday squads.
Eager to end his turbulent situation at Chelsea, Lukaku admitted he was ‘nervous’ as the Roma deal edged closer to completion.
The 30-year-old was pictured sporting his new Roma kit in training before the Italian club or Chelsea had confirmed his arrival.
Lukaku worked under Mourinho during his time at Old Trafford, where he scored 42 goals in 96 appearances.
Lukaku has not been part of Mauricio Pochettino’s plans since returning to Stamford Bridge
Lukaku was pictured sporting his new Roma kit before the signing was officially announced
The Belgium international touched down via private jet at Rome’s Ciampino airport on Tuesday afternoon and was met by eager supporters anticipating his arrival.
Dressed in a black top and black trousers, the forward waved to fans as they cheered while he began to walk down the steps of the jet and onto the turf.
There were loud roars from the crowd as he stepped out at the city’s second airport as he waved, touched his chest and continued to show his appreciation for the welcome.
A beaming Lukaku further interacted with fans as he walked through outdoor gated areas of the airport while being followed by security and Roma representatives.