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Romelu Lukaku returns to Inter: Football's most infamous mercenary set to feel the wrath of San Siro

Jose Mourinho has been at it again this week. In between expressing his astonishment at being sent off for mocking Monza's coach last Sunday, he has been feigning surprise at the furore surrounding Romelu Lukaku's imminent return to San Siro.

"I didn't think Lukaku was so important in Milan," the Roma coach told reporters on Wednesday. "What Romelu did in Milan - winning a Scudetto and some cups - has been done by 200 players in the history of Inter.

"So, it's interesting: Lukaku [moving] from Inter to Roma to help his coach (Mourinho) is a drama. But (Hakan) Calhanoglu from AC Milan to Inter is a marvel. And (Fabio) Cannavaro from Inter to Juventus or (Christian) Vieri from Inter to Milan, no problem.

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"But Lukaku from Inter to Roma has become something that scares me, because I didn't think Lukaku had such an important place in the heart of a club like Inter. It surprises me."

Mourinho, though, knows exactly why the entire build-up to Sunday's Serie A game is focused on Lukaku. The Belgian was meant to be wearing Inter's colours at San Siro - not the red of Roma - and the way in which Lukaku went from one to the other remains a very hot topic at La Pinetina.