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Pace of English football too much for Lukaku, says Mikel

Former Chelsea star Mikel John Obi says Romelu Lukaku has failed to meet the intense physical demands of the Premier League.

Ex-Nigeria midfielder Mikel, 35, was a Blues team-mate of Lukaku, 29, before the Belgian left Stamford Bridge to join Everton in 2014.

Lukaku has failed to live up to the expectations which came with his £97.5million return to Chelsea from Inter Milan last summer.

When asked why Lukaku appears to now be a “square peg in a round hole” at the Blues, Mikel told Naija FM: “The league is totally different.

“The English league is too strong, too powerful, too fast, whereas the Italian league is too slow.

“The English league has too much quality. The pace of English football is way too much for the Italian league.

“In the Italian league you can play until you’re 40 years old, but in the English league you’re putting in way more work.”


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