Romelu Lukaku's agent has opened up on his "painful" transfer from Inter Milan to Chelsea in the summer.
Lukaku, 28, returned to the Premier League for a staggering £97.5m fee in August after he had chosen to leave the Serie A side.
His decision was much to the delight of Blues fans, but Inter supporters were left frustrated as their star man had initially opted to stay in Italy.
The Belgium international had enjoyed an extremely fruitful spell with them, concluding with the Scudetto success last season.
This made his call to depart a very difficult process, according to agent Federico Pastorello.
"We have received a lot of criticism from the Inter fans, but unfortunately when these things happen, they cause sorrow,” Pastorello told Sky Italia.
"The truth is that the decision to leave Inter was much more painful than what people think, so much so that we really discussed it a lot.
"I am sincere in saying that we went ahead with this negotiation only because on the other side there was another club [Chelsea] that represented a lot for Romelu.
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"From an emotional and personal point of view it was very difficult, but I repeat: Chelsea looked for him with great desire and this was certainly very important for Romelu and in the choice he made.
"Football goes on, Inter are now first in the standings, thanks also to the new players, so in this sense we are all happy.
“Let’s say that clearly also due to the difficulty, the economic level reached, it is an operation that made me very proud, as it made me proud to have brought him to Italy from [Manchester] United, another very very complicated negotiation."
Lukaku's return to Stamford Bridge has been hampered by injury, but his solid start has also dropped off.
The striker has scored just one goal in his last 12 club appearances in all competitions.
Inter, meanwhile, have put up a very good defence of their Serie A crown so far this season, despite the loss of Lukaku.
They are one point ahead of rivals AC at the top of the table, with former Man City frontman Edin Dzeko filling the hole in their side.
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