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Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku played under Jose Mourinho in his early playing days (Picture: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne left Chelsea due to a ‘personality clash’ with Jose Mourinho.

That’s the view of Chelsea’s former loan technical coach Eddie Newton, who has also given his verdict on Romelu Lukaku’s previous exit from the club.

Salah, De Bruyne and Lukaku are three of the best footballers in world football right now, but the trio have had to work hard to get to the very top and all endured spells at Chelsea during their younger days.

Mourinho returned to the Blues for a second spell in 2013 as he won the Premier League for a third time but was sacked in 2015 after falling out with several players.

Salah and De Bruyne were both let go during that period after loan spells but Newton says it was nothing to do with their talent.

‘For me, I think Salah and De Bruyne wasn’t about talent. It was a personality clash [with Jose Mourinho]. I just didn’t think it was working at the time,’ Newton told Goal.

Mo Salah
Mo Salah struggled for game time under Jose Mourinho (Glyn Kirk/AFP via Getty Images)

‘I think they were more than good enough, but it was the manager who didn’t see eye-to-eye with them, so it wasn’t going to work.’

Lukaku also found himself out on loan during Mourinho’s tenure at the club where the Belgian made a name for himself at Everton before going on to join Manchester United.

But Newton claims Lukaku wasn’t ready to lead the line for Chelsea when the decision was made to let him go.

‘For Lukaku, he wasn’t ready at the time, and I don’t care what anyone says,’ he added.

Kevin de Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne didn’t make an impression on Jose Mourinho (Picture: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

‘He just wasn’t ready to be the main No.9 up front and carry that platform like Didier [Drogba]. He was always going to be compared to Didier and it wasn’t fair to him at that time.

‘It was different situations for different players.’

Lukaku will hope to be leading the attack and getting on the scoresheet when Chelsea face Brentford on Saturday.

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