Africa-Press – Ethiopia. Tottenham Hotspur manager, Antonio Conte has said that Romelu Lukaku did not shine on his return to Chelsea, because he did not feel the fans’ love.
However, the Italian insists Lukaku can still succeed in the Premier League.
Conte takes his Spurs side to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, but will not be facing the Belgian striker.
Harry Kane will lead the attack for the visitors, but Thomas Tuchel could start with a false nine for the Blues.
The signing of Lukaku for £97m last summer was expected to solve Chelsea’s problems in attack, but the Belgian struggled and has returned to Inter Milan on loan.
It was under Conte’s management at Inter that Lukakau showed himself to be among the best.
Both men won the Serie A title in 2021 and Conte believes the 29-year-old can still flourish in England.
Conte said: “I think Romelu lived two years in Milan and he was the king. The fans showed him a lot of passion and I think he’s a guy who needs this.
“For this reason, I think he wanted to come 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.
“A lot of things can happen and drop the confidence. I know for sure he is a bit disappointed with his impact because he wanted to have another impact in England.
“But he has time. Now it’s right for him to play for an important club in Italy, to try to get confidence again in himself, but we are talking about a really important and really good striker.”