‘He’s a weak player, a soppy cat and he’s scored an own goal’ — Paolo Di Canio tears into Chelsea player

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Former West Ham star Paolo Di Canio has slammed Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku following his recent interview with Sky Italia.

In a recently released interview, Lukaku revealed his frustration at Chelsea, his frustration with Thomas Tuchel’s tactics and his desire to go back to Inter Milan.

Di Canio didn’t seem pleased with the comments by the Chelsea striker, and labelled the Belgian as a weak player.

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“This interview shows the weakness of an athlete who after six months gives up, perhaps because he arrived there with the arrogance of someone who doesn’t realise what his real level is,” Di Canio told Sky Sport Italia.

“He won the Scudetto in Italy as a co-protagonist with his other teammates, but he’s no Lionel Messi. Inter would’ve won even without him, if they had Duvan Zapata or someone like that upfront. He is a functional player who did his duty in that team.

“He then went to the Champions of Europe, in the Premier League against sides like Manchester City and Liverpool, where he is just one of many big names. If you arrive at Chelsea and think you’re going to be number one, you are in for a rude awakening!

“Chelsea played much better without Lukaku. He is a fragile player, so he seems to have character, but when he talks like that, the truth is he is very fragile.”

“Lukaku scored an incredible own goal here, it was a disastrous interview that made absolutely everybody unhappy, including himself,” added Di Canio.

“As I always said, he’s a big soppy cat more than a panther, he has never been hungry or determined in the big situations.

“I think Chelsea are tearing their hair out with regret over this transfer, especially as they didn’t even really need this player.”

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