New Chelsea Defender Kalidou Koulibaly Explains Why Romelu Lukaku Failed on His Chelsea Return

New Chelsea Defender Kalidou Koulibaly Explains Why Romelu Lukaku Failed on His Chelsea Return

  • Kalidou Koulibaly has given his candid assessment of Romelu Lukaku's return to Chelsea, suggesting the Belgian striker suffered from a lack of confidence
  • Lukaku made a dream return to Stamford Bridge for a club-record fee of £97.5 million last summer, scoring 15 goals in 43 appearances for the Blues across all competitions
  • The Belgian forward who struggled on his Chelsea return has been shipped out on loan to Inter Milan as he seeks to rediscover his mojo

Kalidou Koulibaly has offered his opinion on why Romelu Lukaku struggled to find his feet at Chelsea last season.

Lukaku made a fairytale return to Chelsea last summer following a stellar two-year campaign in Italy, inspiring Inter Milan to end their 11-year Scudetto jinx.

After a blistering start to life at Stamford Bridge, the Belgian forward struggled to replicate his Inter Milan form at Chelsea last term and has since returned to Inter on a season-long loan deal.

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Kalidou Koulibaly weighed in on Romelu Lukaku's struggles at Chelsea last season. Photo credit: @ChelseaFC
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Providing his view on why Romelu Lukaku's return to Chelsea didn't work out, the new Chelsea defender cited a potential lack of confidence as the reason for the striker's inability to shine for the Blues.

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"Romelu is a good player, a nice player, a talented player," Koulibaly said as quoted by GOAL.
"He is very strong and I was used to playing against him in Italy – I think he didn’t like to play against me!"
He added, opening up on his move to Chelsea: "He scored a lot of goals in Italy and he won the Scudetto with Inter, so when he signed for Chelsea I was not surprised.
"Last year I think maybe he didn’t have the confidence he needed to play as he wanted. Maybe something else, I don’t know.

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"Football is not all about the pitch, it is also your private life and everything else, so maybe it was something that didn't work with him over here."

Ex-Chelsea defender Glen Johnson labels Lukaku as the club's worst ever signing

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that retired English defender Glen Johnson has slammed Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku.

The former Chelsea and Liverpool full-back described the Belgian striker, who is currently on loan at Inter Milan, as the worst signing in Chelsea's history.

Lukaku rejoined Chelsea for a colossal fee of £97.5million but his fairytale return to Stamford Bridge did not go according to plan with the Belgian scoring 15 goals in 43 appearances for the Blues across all competitions.

Source: SportsBrief.com