Nerazzurri Legend Beppe Bergomi: “No One Should Protest Lukaku Returning, Chelsea Transfer Suited Inter Too”

Nerazzurri Legend Beppe Bergomi: “No One Should Protest Lukaku Returning, Chelsea Transfer Suited Inter Too”
June 19, 2022 15:20
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Inter legend Beppe Bergomi has said that no one should protest Romelu Lukaku coming back to Inter because his departure a year ago suited the club financially as well as him, according to a report in the Italian print media today.

Speaking during an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, Beppe Bergomi explained that given the financial situation that Inter were in last summer, fans cannot hold onto any anger about Romelu Lukaku leaving for Chelsea.

The move caught many people by surprise but he was offered almost double his Inter wage by Chelsea and the Blues were willing to pay €115 million which was vital for Inter.

“No one should protest him, last year that deal suited everyone, including Inter: let’s not forget what the situation was like a year ago. Now he’s back, in fact everyone should appreciate his willingness to come back: it means that this club means something to him, in fact much more.”

Inter are now trying to build an attacking department of Romelu Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez and Paulo Dybala which certainly excites the former defender.

“A great department is taking shape, yes. I dwell especially on the Lukaku operation that I saw well from the beginning. Inter are getting back a player with characteristics that were missing before, a charismatic leader who drags everything and everyone.”

Paulo Dybala will be focused on after the Romelu Lukaku deal is done and Beppe Bergomi thinks it is right to move for a player of his quality.

“Taken for free, a striker like that is to be considered an opportunity rather than a player fully organic to the technical project. Inter are right to try to bring him home, even though he may be more difficult to fit in, at least at the start.

“But I have great faith in Inzaghi’s work, even if the position of Calhanoglu and now Mkhitaryan must always be considered.”

Some are unsure how Lautaro Martinez will react to having two high-profile forwards joining the team.

“He has to live it well, for the Inter public he comes before the other two, precisely because he stayed and never doubted. That’s why he has to stay calm and enjoy the love of the people.

“He belongs to that small circle of players who have Inter tattooed on their hearts: he, Skriniar, Barella, Bastoni I would never sell for a reason of identity. They hand down a tradition, they explain the club to whoever arrives.”

There is still a chance that he will be sold this summer though if a really big bid is made. Beppe Bergomi feels that Inter would then need to sign another star striker.

“It would be really necessary also because no one can say what will happen with Romelu when the loan expires. I would take someone young and fast, someone like Jonathan David. But I would never give Lautaro away: I would keep all three stars.”

When asked if it is possible to play all three forwards at once, Beppe Bergomi suggested it will be tough to start with.

“At the start no… Inter as a whole is modelled on the 3-5-2, starting with the midfielders who excel in those movements. And Brozovic, in a two-man midfield, would no longer be so decisive.”


By Euan Burns

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