The former ‘flat-track bully’ is a new man after his time in Italy and is looking forward to showing fans in the Premier League what he is capable of
New Chelsea signing Romelu Lukaku said his two years at Inter helped him master ‘all the facets a striker needs’, and he intends to set an example as his club’s more silverware in the 2021-22 season.
Lukaku returns to Stamford Bridge 10 years after originally arriving as a young teenager, joining Anderlecht with a reputation as one of the hottest prospects on the planet.
However, he was never quite able to establish himself at the highest level in the Premier League, but feels that his time in Serie A under Antonio Conte has brought him back to London as a ‘complete’ striker.
What did Lukaku say?
The Belgian told Chelsea’s official website: “I just feel more complete. I have tried to master all the facets that a goal scorer needs, and I just want to continually improve on the small details and also improve my strengths.
‘I’m a leader, but I’m also more of a gel person and make everyone feel comfortable and confident. This is the way I lead.
“If there’s a tough moment in the game, they can rely on me, and I’ll always encourage my teammates, never slap them or bark at them.”
Did Lukaku talk to Thomas Tuchel yet?
“Yes of course! The conversation was clear to him that he wants me to be a presence and a leader in the team.
‘My role will depend on what the game plan is and what the boss wants me to do. If he wants me to be a focal point, or if I want me to attack the spaces at the back, I can do it. The two years in Italy helped me master all the facets of the game for an attacker, and now I’m ready.
‘I like the system we play, and I’m very flexible. I can play alone or two, and I’m used to the system, because that’s what we play with the Belgian national team, so I do not need much time to adapt. ”
Why was Serie A so useful?
On the difference between Italian and English football, Lukaku added: ‘Italy is tactically and technically a better league, but here in England it’s about the intensity. This is what makes the difference.
‘But it’s not a problem for me because I’ve been here for eight years and I know what it’s about. It’s not like I’m a new player who does not know what to expect. I know the league … and now we have to look ahead.
‘I’m a new version of the player from scratch. I have developed and the team I join is a very strong team, so now we have to prove it on the field by challenging for the Premier League. ”