Inter Milan ultras have issued a statement insisting they have not forgotten Romelu Lukaku’s ‘betrayal’ and that the striker will have to win their support through ‘humility and sweat’ on the ground.
The Chelsea striker looks set to make a return to San Siro just 12 months after leaving the Italian giants for £97.5m.
Lukaku was a genuine fan favorite at Milan thanks to his brilliant record of 64 goals in 95 appearances for the club, but that relationship soured somewhat after forcing a switch to Thomas Tuchel’s side last summer.
Just 12 months later, the Belgian striker is set to return to Italy.
In a statement, the Ultra Curva Nord group said they would not boo and mock the player when he wears himself out again in an Inter shirt.
But the message is clear that Lukaku won’t get a hero’s welcome when he returns – asking fellow fans not to “drool” over him.
In a statement posted on Instagram, they wrote: “Since Lukaku’s return to Inter is very likely, some points need to be clarified: Curva Nord supports Inter and will not object to the player (despite the behavior of last summer).
“Given this, no one should go to greet him with scarves or banners of the Curva or the groups that make it up.
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“Anything in the future that may be done to him will have to earn it on the pitch with humility and sweat.
“He was supported (and treated) like a king, now he is like many.”
They added: “Let’s also be clear to everyone that we will never cheer for Lukaku if he wears the Inter shirt again.
“However, we urge all Inter fans not to fall into the opposite trap of running straight away and drooling after him.
“Besides a clear instinctive emotional aspect, pretending nothing happened would only further accelerate this years-long process of making us all stupid, laid-back consumers.
“Romelu Lukaku will return to Inter with the aim of replicating his impressive goalscoring exploits from his first two seasons with the Italian giants.
“We are not gentlemen at the mercy of the movements of players and clubs. We took note of Lukaku’s betrayal and were very upset. For a player, these things can be forgiven over time, but they remain.
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