Report: Potter to hold talks with angry £97.5m star

Romelu Lukaku, Saul Niguez, Malang Sarr
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Chelsea signed Romelu Lukaku for £97.5m last year, but the Belgian didn’t live up to expectations at Stamford Bridge and ended up leaving for Inter Milan, just after a season at the club.

Lukaku, however, is still a Chelsea player and would return to the club at the end of the season.

It’s yet to be seen what the future holds for the 29-year-old striker, and the Belgian has said he left Chelsea with anger.

He told DAZN: “The season at Chelsea gave me extra motivation to do even better than before. I think in one year everyone has forgotten about the things I am capable of doing on the pitch.

“That is a kind of anger that I have inside me. That now the team has it too, which didn’t win last year, all together we hope to do better and bring something home.”

Meanwhile, ESPN claims that Potter ‘has not closed the door on Romelu Lukaku reviving his career at Chelsea and is expected to hold talks with the forward at the end of the season’.

Potter seems to have an interest in Lukaku, and would hold talks with the striker before the end of the campaign, to ascertain his future.

The report adds: “Sources suggested the 29-year-old is very keen on staying at Inter on a permanent basis but there is no option or obligation to sign as part of the existing loan agreement.

“Potter is said to be open to discussing the situation with Lukaku if he has any interest in doing so, or should Inter decide not to pursue a permanent deal; they have significant financial issues and it remains to be seen whether they could afford Chelsea’s valuation.

“Lukaku had previously thrived playing with a strike partner in Lautaro Martinez at Inter and Potter’s preferred 3-5-2 system would at least give him the option of playing alongside another forward.”