Chelsea have a bit of a history of selling players too soon and regretting it afterwards.
Kevin De Bruyne and Mo Salah are two fine examples of this. And another player from the same era at Chelsea also has a case to be added to that list.
Current Inter striker Romelu Lukaku could have gone on to big things at the club, but he wasn’t really given a solid enough run in the first team and ended up leaving.
It was 2012 when Chelsea registered their most successful triumphs on record, winning the most prestigious domestic trophy’s possible, The Champions League.
Lukaku was a Chelsea player that season and he was largely being touted as the man to replace Didier Drogba, one of The Blues’ hero’s of that campaign.
But Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas decided to not register Lukaku in the Champions League squad at the start of that season, so the Belgian international could not be involved and did not receive a winners medal.
That has always hit hard for Lukaku, even to this day, as he explains here reported by The Daily Star.
“Di Matteo told me that I would stay with the group until after the final.
“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.
“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.”