Lukaku lacks the ‘courage’ to make it at Chelsea, says ex-Blues defender

Date published: Wednesday 8th June 2022 3:30 - Will Ford

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku lacks the “courage” to make it work at Stamford Bridge, according to former Blues full-back Glen Johnson.

There have been widespread reports in recent days of Lukaku moving back to the Serie A club this summer.

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The Belgian striker swapped Inter for Chelsea a year ago but has failed to settle at Stamford Bridge, scoring just eight goals in the Premier League last term, and infamously giving an interview in which he questioned Thomas Tuchel’s tactics and revealed his unhappiness.

Johnson, who won two league titles with Chelsea, says he would want to stay and prove himself at the club, but believes Lukaku lacks the “sort of courage” to stick it out.

Speaking to, he said: “I personally would want to go again next season and prove myself, but I feel with Lukaku that he’s had a whole season to show that sort of courage and he hasn’t.

“I can’t see anything changing next season. If he was the sort of player that can stand up and show courage next season, then I think we would have already seen hints of that.

“I can see him settling elsewhere because if he has that type of courage to bounce back in pre-season, then he should have had the courage to bounce back during his first season. I don’t see him bouncing back next season, so maybe a move somewhere else is best for both parties.”

It was claimed earlier this week that Chelsea were considering allowing Lukaku to leave on loan for a fee of around £21m, while still paying two thirds of his wages, amounting to £200,000 a week.

And a report on Wednesday claimed Chelsea were exploring the possibility of bringing in a player from Inter as part of the deal, with Martinez chief among them, along with centre-back duo Milan Skriniar and Alessandro Bastoni.

CBS reporter Ben Jacobs claims that Inter would ‘prefer not to lose Martinez’, with the club keen to reuinite him with Lukaku, after the pair took Serie A by storm in tandem to win the title in the 2020-21 season.

But both Bastoni and Skriniar are potential options in negotiations.

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