In April, the Belgian blew up against Vecchia Signora fans for their racist songs. Now about 20,000 fans have spoken out against his arrival.
As the saying goes, Romelu Lukaku maybe “no bread and no pie”. Cause? After Inter refused to buy his season ticket at Chelsea after learning that he was secretly negotiating with Juventus, fans of the Turin club have now expressed their opposition to the Belgian’s possible arrival at Vecchia Signora.
“We don’t want Lukaku”sang in chorus at the Juventus Stadium, filled with approximately 20,000 souls, to join the annual party where they celebrate the end of the pre-season in front of their audience with a friendly match between the professional team and the under-23s.
A clear message to the leaders, who have certainly taken note of the opposition among their supporters for the possible arrival of Lukaku, for which Juventus are rumored to be in talks with Chelsea in a trade deal that would bring Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic to the London club.
The Belgian scorer and the Vecchia Signora fans put up a rise in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final (which ended in a draw, then Inter won 1-0 at home before beating Fiorentina in the final) and a wound that seems to be still open.
It happened in April of this year. Lukaku equalized after extra time and celebrated so wildly that the referee gave him a second yellow card and he was eventually sent off. But there was a reason for everything. The Belgian suffered from racist chants throughout the game and celebrated in front of people, holding his index finger in his mouth as a sign of “silence” when he achieved an agonizing draw. The situation was so obvious that a few days later the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) “pardoned” him and annulled the sanction that the attacker had to serve.
Now, versions of his possible arrival at the Turin club have led to the breakdown of the negotiations that he had with Inter about his final transfer to the Milan club, and the affection that the Nerazzurri fans had previously shown him, who today consider him a traitor. .
After this statement, Romelu’s future seems to be unknown. Chelsea pulled out of negotiations for Dusan Vlahovic, which included the Belgian as a bargaining chip, and now the striker will not be welcome. To make matters worse, the doors are closed at Inter. When it was revealed that he was secretly negotiating with Juventus, his teammates were disappointed. Lautaro Martinez said he did not return his calls. And Javier Zanetti was blunt: “Because of what Inter did for him, we expected a different behavior, both as a professional and as a person. He has the right to go where he wants, but he just had to say it at the right time.”
This Thursday, as Vecchia Signora celebrated the season finale, an ultras group put up a banner: “Lukaku, stay at Milan.” We don’t need you, we already have a backup goalkeeper.”
With information from agencies