Inter Milan fans have defaced another mural of their former striker Romelu Lukaku after his £97.5million move to Chelsea. The supporters are angry with the player and their own club for allowing the star forward who scored 30 goals last season as the Nerazzuri won their first Serie A title in 11 years, to leave despite assurance from both the club and player that the Belgian would be staying.The latest defaced mural scribbles out part of the Belgian striker’s face and has ‘sell-out traitor’ written in Italian.
Originally the mural depicted Lukaku clashing heads with former Manchester United team-mate and AC Milan rival Zlatan Ibrahimovic during a Milan derby clash last season. It comes after a mural painted for their Serie A title success was defaced shortly before his move to Chelsea was confirmed.
The mural showed Lukaku pointing two fingers in the air towards the Inter Milan badge and the Italian flag, and most of the phrase ‘Dear Milano, you’re welcome’ has been blocked out with black paint, barring the word ‘Milano’.
Inter Milan’s main ultra group in the Curva Nord are responsible for the vandalism of the mural, created for the Belgian when he first joined the club in 2019 from Manchester United. A message on the group’s Facebook page to the Belgian striker read: ‘Dear Lukaku, we expected more honest and transparent behaviour from you.
‘But, despite the fact we protected you like a son, like one of us, you too proved yourself to be just like all the rest, going to your knees for money. We wish you the best, even if greed doesn’t always pay.’