Romelu Lukaku has once again praised Inter fans after he was awarded the Serie A player of the season award for the 2020-21 season on Monday.
The Belgium striker was instrumental in the Nerazzurri’s title success last term, as he scored 24 goals in 36 appearances for Antonio Conte’s championship winning side.
He was not the league’s leading scorer, with Cristiano Ronaldo taking that honour with Juventus, however, his contribution to the title race saw him take top spot.
The trophy comes just months after Lukaku sat down with Sky Italia to give an interview in which he detailed his love for Inter fans, while also expressing a desire to return to the San Siro outfit one day.
And he has once again taken the opportunity to express his feelings towards those same supporters.
‘The club [Inter] always backed us and so did the fans who I want to thank,’ Lukaku told AIC on accepting his award.
‘Being ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo is something that doesn’t happen every day. To me, he is one of the best three players in football history. He also brought me to a different level because he does great things.
‘I am really happy to be included in the Serie A top XI for last season. I want to thank all those who voted for me and the team that helped me a lot, the coach and his staff. It was the team’s achievement and it’s an honour to be in the top XI.
‘It was my dream as a kid to play in Serie A and I did all I could to achieve it. I am satisfied to have done it.
‘It’s an honour to have been named best player of the season. It’s something that I could not achieve without the help of the team.
‘They helped me realise great things. We won together improving a lot. Everyone developed and the coach was always close to us. This award gives me a lot of confidence for the future.’
Lukaku has made no secret of his affinity with Inter and his desire to return to Italy one day.
That has been fuelled by his struggles at Stamford Bridge, where he has struggled to impose himself up top.
He’s scored just 12 times across 34 appearances, and has been selected in Thomas Tuchel’s starting line-up on just 12 occasions in the Premier League this term.