Leboeuf doubts any club would want to pay 'crazy amount of money' for Chelsea star
Former Blue Frank Leboeuf believes Romelu Lukaku will stay at Chelsea as it is unlikely that they will be able to recoup the investment they spent on the striker.
Up until a few weeks ago, the idea that Chelsea might want to offload their record signing seemed ridiculous.
Then the controversial interview with Sky Italia came out, and he unsurprisingly made himself an unpopular figure at Stamford Bridge.
The Belgium international’s poor performance in January certainly did not help his case, either, having failed to score and register an assist in his last four games.
Many argue that Chelsea’s slow build-up play hinders Lukaku who has predominantly played a target man role in the team.
However, Thomas Tuchel recently made it clear that he would not alter his tactics simply to suit Lukaku.
So, will Chelsea and Lukaku part ways at the end of the season? Leboeuf clearly thinks Lukaku still has something to offer to the Blues.
“I hope so, yeah,” the former France international told ESPN FC when asked whether Lukaku will still be at Chelsea next season.
“I think he didn’t lose the talent that he showed at Inter [Milan] — it’s not gone, so I’m pretty confident that he’s going to stay.
“Chelsea paid a crazy amount of money to hire him, and I don’t see any other club paying over £100million for him, so he’s going to stay.
“He wants to prove that he can finally be successful at Chelsea.”
As Leboeuf said, Chelsea would have a hard time finding any club willing to pay anywhere close to the £97.5m (per The Guardian) that they paid to Inter last summer.
It is either taking a big loss on the striker or keeping him and hoping that it eventually pays off.
Lukaku’s bright start this season also suggests that he can still be a difference-maker, so it is not as if he cannot perform in Tuchel’s possession-based football.