ROMELU LUKAKU says he will “never forgive” Andre Villas-Boas for leaving him out of Chelsea’s Champions League-winning squad in 2012.
The Belgian was one of AVB’s first Stamford Bridge signings in the summer of 2011, arriving from Anderlecht for £17million at just 18 years old.
However, Lukaku was no more than a fringe player under Villas-Boas, featuring just 12 times the entire season and failing to score once.
Portuguese flop AVB ended up being sacked and replaced by Robert Di Matteo midway through the campaign.
And Chelsea famously went on to lift their first-ever Champions League trophy after defeating Bayern Munich on penalties in the German side’s own stadium months later.
But despite being part of the travelling party for the final, Lukaku was unable to feature after being left out of Chelsea’s European squad by AVB.
The Belgian, 27, claims he could not even bring himself to touch the coveted trophy as he played no part in Chelsea’s victory.
And Lukaku insists he can never forgive AVB for denying him that Champions League win.
Lukaku told Het Laatste Nieuws: “Di Matteo told me 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 squad. I am 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 19. I am happy for whole club, but there is one man who took a lot from me.
“The previous trainer (Villas-Boas), I will never forgive him.
“I didn’t touch [the trophy] with a finger because I didn’t win this trophy myself.
“This has been the case since I was 11. If I have not contributed anything, it is not my trophy.
“Only if you have contributed to a cup or title yourself, you can also show it off.
“[Under AVB] 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 AVB was 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.”
Lukaku went on loan to West Brom the following season.
But despite playing twice at the start of the 13/14 campaign, he was shipped off to Everton on loan before summer deadline day.
Lukaku made his Toffees move permanent in 2014 and had a great time there before joining Manchester United in 2017.
The Belgian is now at Inter Milan after moving to the San Siro last summer and has scored 23 goals in 35 games.
Meanwhile, Villas-Boas went on to manage Spurs, Zenit and Shanghai SIGP, and is currently in charge at Marseille.