The Belgium international has rejoined the Blues in the summer after 10 years, when he was snapped up by the club with his promising talent.
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and failed to meet the target during his first spell at the club. However, he admitted the “painful and helpful” experience made him into “the complete package”.
The Belgian striker made a move back to Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window, 10 years after his first spell with the Blues.
Lukaku did not impress during his first spell but now he is back as one the most fearsome goal scorers of all time.
Lukaku told Chelsea’s official website of his first stint with the club, which saw him join in 2011 before going on loan spells to West Brom and Everton:
“It was painful and helpful, but I would say more helpful because it gave me the mentality and the mindset that I needed to become the player I am today.
“The team was very good but nobody saw the extra work they did after the training sessions. As an 18-year-old, I saw first-hand every day how much the players worked on their craft.
“That’s when I knew that was what you had to do to become this type of player. I told myself ‘when I’m not playing, this is what I’m going to do’, and it basically just became a lifestyle.”
Despite failing to meet the back of the net during his first spell with the Blues, he scored 17 goals for West Brom and 104 in three seasons with Everton.
He then earned a £75 million ($102m) move to Manchester United in 2017 and scored 42 goals before going to Italy. He contributed to the Serie A title win with Inter, finding the target 64 times in 95 games and has scored four goals since he came back to Chelsea on a deal worth £98m ($136m)
On the progress he has had, Lukaku added:
“I’m much more calm.
“I’ve matured with fatherhood and I’m more laid back. After winning in Italy and knowing what it takes to get there, that really helped me. In the last three years, I’ve been able to build something that I can take on for the rest of my career.
“It can be complicated but when you really set your mind to do something and you really dedicate everything that you have to that goal, you can achieve it. I recognised my little qualities and talent but I also knew what I was not good at and I really spent a lot of time working on those attributes to be the complete package.
“Now, it feels good. I’m very happy with the opportunity and we’ve started really well as a team. My team-mates have made life very easy for me and the coach is doing a great job. Our performances have been good but we’re always looking for the next challenge.”
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