‘He was still a kid’ — Mourinho reveals why world best striker flopped at Chelsea

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Chelsea signed a then 18-year-old Romelu Lukaku from Belgium side Anderlecht in 2008, and the then teenager was seen as a highly rated youngster and a possible replacement for legendary Didier Drogba.

It never worked out well for Lukaku, and he had to go out loan to West Brom and Everton, before sealing a move to Manchester United.

Despite amassing 113 goals in 252 Premier League appearances for four different clubs, Lukaku was never really rated highly in the Premier League, but is now seen differently at Inter Milan, and Chelsea are keen on signing him back.

Lukaku has turned into a top striker at Inter and is now hailed as one of the best strikers in the world after helping them win the Serie A.

Explaining why it didn’t work out for Lukaku at Chelsea, Mourinho has now revealed that he was still a kid at the time.

He told The Times: “I think it’s a great moment for him to say to the world: ‘I’m here and I’m one the best strikers. These two years at Inter Milan have given him the stature and the self-confidence that he didn’t have before.

“At Chelsea, he was still a kid. At Manchester United, he was still developing. At Inter he became the top man. He became loved – a big love from the supporters, love from teammates, great relations with the coach.

“He’s a big guy, physically so strong, but there is also a kid inside who needs that love, needs that support, needs to feel important.”

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