Frank Leboeuf tells Chelsea to sell £98million Chelsea star and replace him with Premier League star that has a similar personality to Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Former Chelsea star Frank Leboeuf has urged Chelsea to sell Romelu Lukaku and replace the Belgian striker with Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Leboeuf believes Mitrovic, who scored 14 goals in 24 Premier League appearances for Fulham this season, has the right mentality to play for Chelsea.

“We need a striker, and I think we need someone like Aleksandar Mitrovic from Fulham would work,” Leboeuf wrote in a column for Si & Dan Talk Chelsea.

“Mitrovic has the real mentality, he would move the dressing room. I think Mitrovic has a similar personality to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he can be that type of guy, he has the mentality of winner.

“I like solders. Those guys never never blink, they never let go, they always face up to it. I love it. He’s done very well for Fulham and he wouldn’t need to move that far away to join Chelsea!”

Lukaku is keen to join Inter Milan on a permanent transfer this summer and Leboeuf insists that would be the best outcome for all parties.

“I think he knows he wont be successful here so he’s already said he doesn’t want to come back,” Leboeuf added. “I think he’s already made up his mind, so he shouldn’t come back.

“If you don’t want to play for a club anymore then don’t play, and the club has to do everything to get rid of him. I know he was a lot of money, but get rid of him because he doesn’t want to be here.

“Fans will be resentful, so as soon as he plays poor he will be booed and there will be a big dramas, so what’s the point? Try to get rid of him, shake hands and say goodbye, that’s it.

“I wish him the best; I love Lukaku, and I really hope that he will be successful and hopefully he will find his happiness at Inter, and we can get somebody else.”