Chelsea starlet Romelu Lukaku has slammed former Blues manager Andre Villas-Boas and claimed he would “never forgive” the Portuguese boss.
The young Belgian striker made an £18million move to Stamford Bridge last summer, but Villas-Boas was not in charge when motions were set in place to purchase the Lukaku from Anderlecht.
He has had a wretched year, where playing time under Villas-Boas was at a premium, but he claimed to be more annoyed by the way the former boss treated him in training.
“There is one person that I will never forgive for what he did to me — the previous coach,” he is quoted saying in The Sun.
“It’s not just that. It was also the way he spoke to me and treated me.
“Right from the beginning, it was weird. I could not stand how he was treating me and I received no explanation.
“In training, he put me on the right or left wing. In training matches, I was a substitute with a shirt to keep swapping teams. I really learned nothing!
“I have told the club that too. I understand that he was under pressure, but I was also thinking of myself. I have improved in recent months.”
It was a damning assessment of a Europa League winning manager by the 19-year-old and it seems the rejuvenation much of the squad felt when Roberto di Matteo took temporary charge extended to the Belgium international.
However, he was not a part of Chelsea’s greatest success and was left out of the Champions League winning final squad.
Next season may bring greater opportunities for Lukaku, as Munich hero Didier Drogba is being strongly linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge and the young attacker is in the mould of the Ivory Coast captain.