Chelsea striker, Romelu Lukaku has said his first stint at the London club was a painful experience which caused him to leave for West Brom and Everton on loan until he joined Manchester United on a high record fee.
Lukaku joined Chelsea 10 years ago in 2011 but failed to make an impact as a first-team player. His exit has led him to become stronger and work harder. Lukaku told Chelsea’s official website, “It was painful and helpful, but I would say more helpful because it gave me the mentality and the mindset that I needed to become the player I am today.”
“The team was very good but nobody saw the extra work they did after the training sessions. As an 18-year-old, I saw first-hand every day how much the players worked on their craft.”
“That’s when I knew that was what you had to do to become this type of player. I told myself ‘when I’m not playing, this is what I’m going to do’, and it basically just became a lifestyle.”
“I’m much more calm. I’ve matured with fatherhood and I’m more laid back. After winning in Italy and knowing what it takes to get there, that really helped me. In the last three years, I’ve been able to build something that I can take on for the rest of my career.”
“It can be complicated but when you really set your mind to do something and you really dedicate everything that you have to that goal, you can achieve it. I recognised my little qualities and talent but I also knew what I was not good at and I really spent a lot of time working on those attributes to be the complete package.”
“Now, it feels good. I’m very happy with the opportunity and we’ve started really well as a team. My teammates have made life very easy for me and the coach is doing a great job. Our performances have been good but we’re always looking for the next challenge.”
Lukaku faces an injury concern ahead of his Premier League game against Brentford on the weekend.