Lukaku joins Roma on loan for one season

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku has moved from Chelsea to Roma on loan for one season, the two clubs announced today, Thursday.

The two clubs did not disclose the value of the deal, but Italian media reported that it amounted to 8 million euros ($8.70 million), including incentives.

Lukaku, 30, will meet again with Roma coach Jose Mourinho, who played under him at Chelsea and Manchester United.

Lukaku said, “The reception I received at this club and the fans motivated me and gave me additional motivation to give everything I have for my new team.”

He added, “I had the opportunity to talk to the owners recently and was amazed at their ambition. Now we have to work, be humble and develop match by match. For me, I can’t wait to join my colleagues on and off the field.”

Media reported that Lukaku, who had a successful loan spell at Inter Milan last season, had agreed to take a significant salary cut.

Roma won one point from their first two Serie A matches this season and will host AC Milan on Friday.

Juventus fans rejected Lukaku

Juventus was seeking to sign Lukaku, but he backed out after protests from his fans.

The fans of the “Old Lady” stormed the Allianz Stadium, after the end of the match that brought together the first team of Juventus and the youth team this month, in order to send a decisive message to the club’s management.

During the course of the match, the team’s fans chanted in the stands, “We don’t want Lukaku,” and then repeated these chants after they went down to the field after the end of the match.

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