Romelu Lukaku returned to Chelsea in the last transfer window, four years after coming close to joining the Blues.

The 28-year-old left the west London club in 2014, when he joined Everton on a permanent transfer. Having impressed at Goodison Park, the current Champions League winners and Manchester United showed interested in securing his services in 2017.

Lukaku snubbed Chelsea in favour of the Red Devils, at a time when he was represented by Mino Raiola. The striker cut ties with the super-agent and has been managed by Federico Pastorello since 2018.

Tuttosport have interviewed Pastorello, relayed by Calciomercato, where he details how he ended up having the former United man as a client.

“Romelu is the greatest player I have, but he is also the one I ‘caught’ the easiest… I had been the director of Conte’s transfer to Chelsea, and Antonio, after winning the title on the first try, wanted Lukaku,” the agent said.

“At that time Romelu was playing at Everton: the first time we met in London almost by chance. I told him that, in my opinion, Conte would be the ideal coach to help him make a further qualitative leap.

“Lukaku, on the other hand, chose Manchester United. A year later, when his relationship with his previous agent had expired, he called me from a new mobile number, so much so that at first I didn’t answer immediately.

“Romelu told me that everything I had told him the first time had come true and he wanted me as an agent.”

Since returning to Stamford Bridge in August, the striker has managed five goals and an assist in all competitions. He scored his first goal for Chelsea since September, in his side’s 3-3 draw against Zenit on Wednesday.

While Lukaku is yet to shine for Chelsea, his agent has talked about returning to Italy, where he had a two successful years with Inter Milan, winning the title last season.

“Sooner or later will we see Lukaku in Serie A? because Romelu is in love with our country. But now let’s let Chelsea enjoy him,” Pastorello explained.