October 13, 2022
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The pace of English football is too high for Lukaku, says Mikel

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

Former Nigerian midfielder Mikel, 35, was a Blues teammate of Lukaku, 29, before the Belgian left Stamford Bridge to join Everton in 2014.

Lukaku has failed to live up to expectations in his £97.5m return to Chelsea from Inter Milan last summer.

Asked why Lukaku now seems like 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, while the Italian league is too slow.

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

“In the Italian league you can play until you are 40, but in the English league you work a lot more.”

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