ROMELU LUKAKU has named the three biggest teams in world football.
And Chelsea aren’t among them.
In a bombshell interview with Sky Sports, the Belgian even admitted that the Blues were his fallback option in the summer.
Explaining his Inter Milan exit, he said: “So the second year after we won the Scudetto, I went to speak with club chiefs and asked for a new contract.
“I did it because I told myself I’m 28-years-old, my family feels great in Milan, I still have my flat there, my mother and my son could come and live there and we would all feel comfortable.
“But they didn’t want to extend my contract, the possibility wasn’t there. It was tough for me to accept, because in my head I told myself that I would be able to do a few more years in Milan.”
“In my opinion, there are three absolute top teams in football – Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
“Every player dreams of playing for one of these teams one day. So I thought if I ever had that possibility, I would sign a new contract with Inter and then go there.
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“But it didn’t happen, so I told myself that there is only one team where I could possibly see myself – Chelsea. I wasn’t thinking about going there, but at one point they came in for me and so I asked [Inter boss Simone] Inzaghi to leave.
“The fact that they didn’t try to make me sign a new contract bothered me a bit, it hurt me even. If Inter offered me a new contract, I would have stayed 100 per cent. That goes without saying.”
In the same interview, Lukaku, 28, admitted that he is NOT happy at Stamford Bridge.
He said: “Physically I am fine. But I’m not happy with the situation at Chelsea.
“(Thomas) Tuchel has chosen to play with another system – I won’t give up, I’ll be professional.
“I am not happy with the situation but I am professional – and I can’t give up now.”
Also among the teams he snubbed when naming the world’s biggest were Manchester duo United and City.
While he has already played for the former, he revealed that he turned down the latter.
He revealed: “When I was at Inter, at the end of the first year, I turned down an offer from Manchester City which was higher than Chelsea’s this summer.”
Lukaku also admitted that he misses playing with Lautaro Martinez.
But he would NOT urge the Argentine to join him at Stamford Bridge.
He said: “I miss Lautaro Martinez, I could die on the pitch for him since day one I met him.
“Lautaro Martinez coming here with me at Chelsea in the future? No… Lautaro, you can stay in Milan, I’ll be back there (laughs).”
Tuchel, 48, admitted that he is not happy with Lukaku’s comments – but insisted that the matter will be dealt with in private.
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