Gary Cahill admits his old teammate is a “top player” thanks to Chelsea departure

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Romelu Lukaku is one of the gang of Chelsea “ones who got away”, having joined the club as a youngster but never breaking into the first team. But now he’s a Manchester United player, and one of their biggest threats in the FA Cup final this weekend.

It’s still not entirely clear if Lukaku will be fit this weekend, per this report in the Daily Styar, given he’s missed United’s recent games, but if he does start, there’s one man who knows exactly what he’ll be up against.

Gary Cahill was at Chelsea with Lukaku, and speaking to Goal.com, the defender has admitted that the forward is a terror to deal with.

“It’ll be difficult, I’ve played against him and trained against him loads of times… he’s gone on to be a top player.”

Cahill had his best run in the team of the whole season before being taken out for the Huddersfield game, and he will almost certainly return to the heart of Antonio Conte’s defence for Saturday’s game.

Whether or not he will find himself battling his old teammate depends entirely on Lukaku’s ankle. As it stands he looks doubtful – but Jose Mourinho won’t be letting anyone know that till the teamsheets come out.