The Belgian striker returned to Stamford Bridge over the summer, 10 years after being initially caught by the Blues as a promising teenager Romelu Lukaku made just 15 scoreless appearances for Chelsea in his first stint at Stamford Bridge, but the Belgium international says the “pain and usefulness” helped make it the “complete package”.
The 28-year-old forward returned to west London over the summer, 10 years after he was first captured by the Blues as a much-loved teenager. He failed to achieve the impact he expected with the Premier League heavyweights, but returned a decade later as one of the most formidable and prolific goalscorers on the planet, with important lessons learned of a test that began its life on the biggest stages. .
Lukaku told Chelsea’s official website his first stint with the club, which saw him acquire in 2011 before being loaned to West Brom and Everton: “It was painful and useful, but I would say more useful because it gave me the mindset and the mentality that I need to be the player I am today. “
The team was very good but nobody saw the extra work they did after practice . When I was 18, I saw with my own eyes how much the players worked on their art every day.
“It was then that I realized that was what it took to become that type of player. I was like ‘when I’m not playing this is what I’m going to do’, and it basically became a way of life as Lukaku failed.
Finding the goal on his first run with Chelsea, he scored 17 goals for West Brom and 104 in three seasons at Everton.Those exploits earned him a £ 75million ($ 102million) transfer to Manchester United in 2017, with 42 other efforts recorded for the Red Devils, before heading to Italy.
Lukaku became Serie A title winners with Inter Milan, hitting the net 64 times in just 95 appearances, and already has four goals to his name since returning to Stamford Bridge on a £ 98million contract (136 millions of dollars).
On the progress he has made and how he got to this point, Lukaku added, “I am much calmer.” I have matured with fatherhood and I am more relaxed. After winning in Italy and knowing what it takes to get there, that has over the past three years I’ve been able to build something that I can continue for the rest of my career.
“It can be complicated, but when you really have the idea to do something and really devote everything you have to it, you can achieve it. I recognized my little qualities and talents, but I knew also what i wasn’t good at and i spent a lot of time working on those attributes to be the full package. “Now i feel great.
I am very happy with this opportunity and we have started very well as a team.