Conte plays mind games with Chelsea over striker situation

Chelsea signed up Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan last year for a club record fee of £97.5m.

Lukaku didn’t live up to expectations in his first season at Chelsea and was subsequently sent on loan back to Inter, after one season at Chelsea.

Antonio Conte who used Lukaku well for two seasons at Inter, has said Chelsea signed a good striker in Lukaku.

“Romelu lived two years in Milan and he was the king,” Conte said.

“The fans showed him a lot of passion and I think he’s a guy who needs this.

“And for this reason, I think he wanted to go back to Milan. But, for sure, the signing was a good signing for Chelsea.

“Then, you know very well there are players that need more time to make an impact. But, for sure, he was a good signing for Chelsea.

“He has the potential to play in the Premier League. I remember very well when he started to play last season, he played really well and you in the media said Lukaku is really strong.

“A lot of things can happen for the confidence to drop. Now it’s right for him to play for an important club in Italy to try to get again confidence in himself. But we are talking about a really important, a really good striker.”