The 28-year-old is back in west London seven years after he left – and he has unfinished business.
Romelu Lukaku has said Chelsea’s cuyrrent trajectory under Thomas Tuchel is matching his ambitions as the Belgian striker has completed his sensational return to Stamford Bridge in a club-record deal.
The Blues have brought back Lukaku, who left the club as a 21-year-old in 2014, for a fee believed to be a club-record £97.5million on a five-year contract.
The arrival of the 28-year-old immediately fills gap in the squad that Thomas Tuchel desperately needed to fill after his first six months in charge of the club.
Despite reaching the top four and securing Champions League glory, goal-scoring was an issue under the German’s watch.
Now, the Blues have reacted by signing one of the elite strikers in world football, who has come on leaps and bounds since he left SW6 in 2014 and has gone on to become one of the most feared frontmen on the planet.
Lukaku, who has bagged 231 goals in his career since he left Stamford Bridge seven years ago, said of his return to the Premier League: “I’m happy and blessed to be back at this wonderful club.
“It’s been a long journey for me: I came here as a kid who had a lot to learn, now I’m coming back with a lot of experience and more mature.
“The relationship I have with this club means so much to me, as you know. I have supported Chelsea as a kid and now to be back and try to help them win more titles is an amazing feeling.
“The way the club is going fits my ambitions perfectly at 28 and just coming off winning Serie A. I think this opportunity comes at the right time and hopefully we can have a lot of success together.
‘Since I left Chelsea, it’s been a long journey with a lot of ups and downs, but these experiences made me strong and the challenge is to try to help the team win some more trophies. I can’t wait to get started and to help the club achieve more success.”
Lukaku is not likely to feature against Crystal Palace in the Premier League opener at Stamford Bridge this weekend, with his debut more likely to arrive for the visit to Arsenal a week later on August 22.