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Chelsea not planning for Lukaku return

Chelsea have no plans to bring Romelu Lukaku back to the club.

The Belgian striker, who was their record signing when he re-joined the club in the summer of 2020 for £97 million was allowed to move back to former side Inter Milan on loan in the last transfer window.

Now it emerges that they will allows him to remain on loan for another year and effectively release him as s free transfer after that, recognising that their investment in him has turned out to be an expensive flop.

His contract at Stamford Bridge extends until 2026, so this is by no means a cheap option for them.

However, it is a recognition that what seemed a good idea at the time just did not work, and that he was a  bad fit for the culture and style of play that the team like to play, and changing Thomas Tuchel for Graham Potter does not alter that equation.

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