Romelu Lukaku has admitted he will ‘never forgive’ Andres Villas-Boas after being left out of the Champions League squad in the year Chelsea won the trophy.
Lukaku was a summer 2011 arrival at Stamford Bridge for a fee of £17million but rarely featured under manager Villas-Boas, instead spending the majority of the season in the reserves.
‘(Roberto) Di Matteo told me that I would stay with the group until after the final,’ Lukaku told Het Laatste Nieuws, as reported by AD.
‘He thought everyone should come along, including the ones who were suspended and the few boys who were not in the Champions League squad. I am also grateful to him for that.’
Even though he had the opportunity to celebrate with his team-mates in Munich, he was not happy.
He added: ‘This win is one of the things I’ve always dreamed about. You want to celebrate something like that with the team at that time.
‘That is nice in itself at the age of nineteen. I am happy for the whole club, but there is one man who took a lot from me: the previous trainer (Villas-Boas). I will never forgive him for that.’
‘I didn’t touch it with a finger,’ he said. ‘Because I didn’t win this trophy myself.
‘This has been the case since I was eleven: if I have not contributed anything, it is not my trophy.
‘Only if you have contributed to a cup or a title yourself, you can also show it off.’
The Inter Milan striker also discussed the long-running issues between himself and Villas-Boas during his time at Stamford Bridge: ‘Once I had to play in the front left, another time in the front right. You don’t develop that way.
‘Then at some point you have to think about yourself. So I told the club what I thought of it. I know: Villas-Boas was also under pressure. But that’s why he didn’t have to treat me like that.
‘Di Matteo approached me completely differently, he immediately involved me in everything. That should have been much earlier. Really, I never forgave the previous coach.’