Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has hailed the return of Romelu Lukaku to the club in a message on his social media pages.
On Saturday, Goal reported that Chelsea had reached an agreement in principle to sign the Belgian striker, with the Inter man’s £98 million ($135m) return to Stamford Bridge set to be officially announced early next week.
The former Ivory Coast striker, who joined Chelsea in July 2004 for £24 million from Marseille, and left after managing 164 goals in 381 appearances, has celebrated the impending arrival of Lukaku on his social media pages.
Drogba wrote: “He’s coming home.”
The move to Chelsea will see Lukaku become the latest face to depart San Siro in the wake of title-winning coach Antonio Conte and Achraf Hakimi.
In a recent interview, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel refused to accept whether Lukaku was among the players he was targeting to sign only stating “a lot of players want to join.”
“I will not talk about players who don’t play in my squad. He’s a fantastic player but he’s an Inter player and I will not talk about him in this situation,” Tuchel said.
“You can imagine a lot of players want to come and join but we will not talk about that.
“The board isn’t offering players, that’s not how it works. We talk to the board about players, have our own opinions, and in the end, we target players who in our opinion could make our squad strong, which is quite a challenge.
“There are some players of which we think they can be a good target and improvement in our squad. I will not comment on names as I don’t like it when other coaches speak about my players. So hopefully you understand that.”
The 28-year-old Lukaku turned out for Chelsea from 2011 to 2014 and he also featured for West Bromwich Albion, Everton and Manchester United in the Premier League.
After leaving Chelsea, Drogba moved to China where he signed for Shanghai Shenhua and it was followed by a switch to Turkey where he also featured for Galatasary.