Romelu Lukaku sends transfer message to Chelsea amid Inter Milan speculation

Romelu Lukaku has effectively ruled out a summer switch to former club Chelsea after declaring he wants to "continue" at Inter Milan.

The Belgian striker, 27, was toasting his first piece of silverware with the Nerrazurri on Sunday after they wrapped up the Serie A title with four matches to spare.

Atalanta's draw with Sassuolo meant Inter's 2-0 win away to Crotone ensured they are champions for the first time since 2010.

Lukaku has been a key player in their success, netting the second-highest amount of goals (25) in the division this season, as well as the joint-highest number of assists (10).

His form has led to plenty of speculation regarding his future, but he has signalled his intentions to stay put at the San Siro.

"‘I am so happy for all the Inter fans in the world, for the team, the staff, the president and everyone," Lukaku told Sky Sport Italia after their triumph. "It was a wonderful year for us, I am truly proud to play for Inter."

The forward drove round Milan on Sunday, waving an Inter flag in celebration.

"I wanted to come out here and celebrate along with the people. I told my friend this was the best way to experience it, to be there with the fans," he said.

"For me and many of my teammates, this is our first league title, so it’s a moment we wanted to share with them."

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Asked if this was his best season to date, he replied: "Last year was good too, but yes, this was the best of my career.

"It’s wonderful and I hope to continue like this. I want to thank everyone, I am truly so happy."

Inter do not want to sell their star man but are prepared to let him go if any potential suitors match their £105million asking price, after club president Steven Zhang flew into Milan last week to discuss their summer transfer plans.

Chelsea may now be forced to seek out alternative options, with Erling Haaland reportedly set to stay in Germany for another year.

The Blues are thought to still have Sergio Aguero on their radar but face competition from Barcelona.

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