Romelu Lukaku’s former team-mate gives transfer verdict that will hugely excite Chelsea fans

Romelu Lukaku’s former international teammate Steven Defour has suggested that the striker is returning to Chelsea to win the Premier League.

The Inter Milan striker appears on the verge of a club record switch back to Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea having agreed a £97.5m deal for his services.

Once the deal is signed-off, it will see the 28-year-old returning to west London seven years after he originally departed for Everton in 2014.

In the time since, the Belgian has taken in spells on Merseyside, as well as stints with Manchester City and Inter Milan.

Defour, who played with Lukaku on a number of occasions with the Belgian national team between 2010 and 2017, has revealed that one of his main motivating factors for his return is to finally earn a Premier League crown.

Talking to Sky Sports, the now-retired midfielder said: “He [Lukaku] is really special, not only because of his talent but he really works hard because he has a lot of critics about his first touch and everything.

“But he was a guy who’s always staying after training to improve himself and he really wants to be the best striker in the world and that’s what he’s aiming for.

“To be honest, he was really happy at Inter Milan but we all know about the money problems at Inter Milan and I think everybody was thinking he could be a good deal for Inter Milan and also a way for Lukaku to win a Premier League.

“It is a good opportunity, he is coming back like a big man, won the Serie A and I think he really wants to prove himself in the Premier League and win the Premier League.”

In all of his time in the English top-flight, the closest that Lukaku got to lifting the title is when he finished second with Manchester United during the 2017/18 season, although the Red Devils were still 19 points behind eventual champions Manchester City.

He ended his long wait for a league crown last season by spearheading Inter Milan’s charge to the Serie A title.

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