Romelu Lukaku ‘loves Chelsea’ but Thomas Tuchel target warned of transfer ‘curse’

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Romelu Lukaku has been backed to return to Chelsea by former Blues defender Frank Leboeuf. Lukaku is linked with a move back to Stamford Bridge as Thomas Tuchel goes in search of a prolific goalscorer this summer. Jorginho was Chelsea’s top scorer in the Premier League this season with just seven goals to his name.

Lukaku had a fine campaign for Inter Milan, scoring 30 times in all competitions, backing up the 34 from his first season at the club.

However, Inter have lost manager Antonio Conte and could be tempted to sell their star striker.

Lukaku first joined Chelsea as an 18-year-old in 2011 but failed to score a goal for the club in his three-year spell in west London.

He had a couple of successful loan spells at West Brom and Everton before joining the Toffees on a permanent deal in 2014.

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Leboeuf says Lukaku still loves Chelsea and reckons that emotion could be a “curse” that prevents him from performing for the Blues.

However, the former France World Cup winner says Lukaku could prove him wrong.

Asked if a return to Chelsea makes sense, Leboeuf told ESPN FC: “It does, it does because Lukaku is an exceptional player and he proved it this season with Inter.

“We all know that he loves the club, Chelsea Football Club, so much.

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“It was a dream for him to sign for the club when he was young, he came to visit the club when he was very young, then signed for Chelsea and then was on loan twice I think for West Brom and for Everton.

“I think maybe it’s a curse for him because he’s too emotional so he can’t be successful at Chelsea.

“But he might come back for, for me, a third time and prove me wrong and I wish him the best if he does it.”

Lukaku almost joined Chelsea for a second time in 2017 when Antonio Conte was the manager.

However, Manchester United snuck in at the last minute to buy the forward.

Lukaku has kicked on to new heights since leaving Old Trafford and Leboeuf believes he can prove how good he is if he makes a move back to England.

He added: “He is one of the biggest talents in the world of football and he will prove it in the Premier League.

“I’m sure he can serve Chelsea, we all know Chelsea have a problem to finish their actions and score goals.

“So yeah he can be a plus for Chelsea for sure.”

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