Here is your Chelsea morning digest on Monday, August 16.
Romelu Lukaku says goodbye to Inter Milan
Romelu Lukaku has sent an emotional goodbye message to Inter Milan after confirmation of his move to Chelsea.
The Belgian striker became the Blues’ club-record signing this week as he returned to west London seven years after confirming a permanent move to Everton.
He wrote: “Dear Inter fans, Thank you… 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 your 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.”
Read the 28-year-old’s full farewell message here.
Chelsea put 13 past Weymouth
Chelsea beat semi-professional side Weymouth 13-0 in a behind closed doors friendly match at Cobham training centre on Sunday.
Thomas Tuchel confirmed on Saturday that the friendly was arranged to help the players that had not been involved much in the pre-season games regain their match fitness.
“This [the friendly match] is very different to training,” the German explained to Chelsea TV.
They confirmed that Chelsea’s line-up were full of internationals. Thiago Silva, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Ross Barkley were also seen in the photos shared by Weymouth’s Twitter account.
See the photos from the game here on The Chelsea Chronicle.
Liverpool condemn homophobic chanting against Blues loanee Billy Gilmour
Liverpool have issued a statement condemning abuse of Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour following homophobic chanting in the club’s 3-0 win over Norwich.
Gilmour, 20, played the full 90 minutes of his first Premier League game of the season against one of the Blues’ main title rivals this season.
Unfortunately, it was not a normal game for the midfielder, who is hoping to rack up first-team minutes to help in his development before returning to west London at the end of the season.
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He suffered homophobic verbal abuse by a minority of Reds fans who were in the away end at Carrow Road on Saturday.
An official Liverpool tweet posted after the game read: “The chant is offensive and inappropriate – a message we have repeatedly communicated alongside Kop Outs [Liverpool’s LGBT+ Supporters’ group].
“We urge supporters to remember the inclusive values of the club and to refrain from using it in the future.”
Read more here.