Thierry Henry reveals he warned player against joining Chelsea

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has revealed that he warned Romelu Lukaku about joining Chelsea and believes the striker has no interest in returning to Stamford Bridge.

Lukaku joined Chelsea in a £97.5 million deal from Inter in 2021 but struggled to make an impact in his first season back at Stamford Bridge with 15 goals in 44 appearances.

Lukaku returned to Inter Milan last summer on loan for the rest of the season.

“We had a discussion when he [Lukaku] went to Chelsea,” Henry told CBS Sports.

“I told him he’s going to find it difficult to play at Chelsea and that happened to be the case because of the way Tuchel liked to play.

“Pressing, the No.9 and winger have to change, Rom likes to stay where he is, feed him, play him early, he will try to bully you, turn, stay in the box, crosses, he’s a different type of No.9 to what Tuchel wanted.

“Now, is he going to fit into what Potter is trying to do? I think they’re struggling with that, let alone with him in the squad.

“But what does he want to do? I don’t think he wants to go back, that’s the main thing, I think he wants to stay at Inter.

“And that’s where there’s maybe going to be a little clash if they want him back because I think he wants to stay there.

“The way when he came back. He said it, he said it the other day, ‘everyone knows what I want to do, what I want to do is to stay’.”