Lukaku returns to training at Chelsea after £98m move from Inter Milan

Romelu Lukaku gets down to work in familiar surroundings at Chelsea after £98m return from Inter Milan with striker gearing up to make his second club debut against London rivals Arsenal

  • Romelu Lukaku is preparing to make his second debut for Chelsea this weekend
  • The striker returned to Stamford Bridge after seven years following for £98m 
  • He has taken to Chelsea’s Cobham based training ground for the first time 

Romelu Lukaku has hit the training pitch for Chelsea for the first time since his £98m move from Inter Milan.

The Belgian striker is hoping to make his second debut for the club in their clash against Arsenal on Sunday.

There’s been some good news for Chelsea fans, as the Blues posted a video on their social media account of Lukaku taking to the training field at Cobham on Tuesday.

Romelu Lukaku (left) has returned to Chelsea training following his move from Inter Milan

The Chelsea striker is hoping to make his second debut for the club against Arsenal

The 28-year-old was shown walking out and talking to defender Trevor Chalobah, who scored his first senior goal for Thomas Tuchel’s side in their 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

Lukaku was close to Chalobah’s older brother, Nathaniel, during his first stint at the club from 2011 to 2014.

He told Chelsea’s official website: ‘I was speaking with Nate the other day after his brother scored. I got so emotional when his brother scored man. It got to me.’

The striker’s return to Stamford Bridge comes after seven years having played for Everton, Manchester United and Inter Milan.

Chelsea will be hoping he can make a similar impact to the one he did at Inter, having scored 24 goals to fire them to the Serie A title.

He missed their opener against Crystal Palace as he had to quarantine after his arrival into the country.

Lukaku is expected to immediately take his place in Chelsea’s attack from their away trip to the Emirates, with Thomas Tuchel planning to build his forward line around the Belgium international.   

Tuchel said after the game with Crystal Palace: ‘We will prepare him to be ready for Arsenal and hopefully he can be on the pitch.

‘We got the number one striker in and we want to have him on the pitch. This is very clear. When you do a transfer of this volume we are absolutely sure we want to have him on the pitch.

‘I think he will take pressure off the shoulders of Kai [Havertz], Timo [Werner] and Christian [Pulisic] because Romelu is the kind of personality to take responsibility and I think he will lift the pressure off the young guys’ shoulders.’

Lukaku returns to Chelsea following spells at Everton, Manchester United and Inter Milan

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