- Inter Milan chief Beppe Marotta says Romelu Lukaku left club for money
- He claimed the Belgian striker has doubled his salary by joining Chelsea
- Lukaku led Inter to the Serie A title last season but won £97.5m. left for Chelsea for
- Marotta laments money gap between Premier League and Serie A
Romelu Lukaku only joined Chelsea for money, Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta has claimed.
Lukaku drove Inter to their first Serie A title in 11 years with 24 goals last season, but left the club for Chelsea in August for a club-record £97.5 million.
According to reports, Lukaku is Chelsea’s top earner by a mile, earning £450,000 per week including bonuses and dwarfing N’Golo Kante, the club’s next-highest earner, at £290,000 per week. Is.
Romelu Lukaku joined Chelsea only to double his salary, claims Inter Milan CEO
Lukaku left to double his salary, these figures cannot exist in Italy,’ said Inter chief Beppe Marotta
This is a huge increase in Lukaku’s money in the San Siro, where he pocketed £142,000 weekly.
And Inter chief Marotta has no doubt that the huge growth had left Lukaku the Italian champion to return to Stamford Bridge.
“Lukaku left to double his salary, these figures cannot exist in Italy,” Marotta told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
While Inter cashed out Lukaku, their financial troubles meant they could not reinvest the money in the team.
Lukaku drove Inter to first Serie A title in 11 years with 24 goals last season before leaving
The Belgian got off to a great start on his return to Chelsea but has struggled for form lately
But Marotta thinks he found a perfectly fine replacement for the Belgian in Edin Dzeko, who joined on a free transfer from Roma.
The former Manchester City hitman has scored six goals in eight Serie A appearances for Inter and was on target in their 3-1 victory over Sheriff in the Champions League.
‘Lukaku was sold for €115m and we bought Dzeko for free. On the pitch, not much difference,’ said Marotta.
Lukaku made a decent start on his return to Chelsea, scoring on his debut in a 2–0 win at Arsenal, then securing a brace against Aston Villa and scoring the only goal on Zenit in the Champions League.
Lukaku is out for a month after suffering an ankle injury against Malmö in the Champions League
But goals have dried up in recent weeks and he has failed to score in his last six matches in all competitions.
And things took a turn for the worse when Chelsea faced Malmö in the Champions League on Wednesday, with the striker closing out in the middle of the first half with an ankle injury.
Reports say Lukaku could be out of action for a month now, with Premier League games against Norwich, Newcastle and Burnley as well as a Carabao Cup tie with Southampton and a return fixture for Malmö.