LONDON (AP) – Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel plans to hold talks with Romelo Lukaku after the striker said he was …
LONDON (AP) – Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel plans to hold talks with Romelo Lukaku after the striker said he was unhappy at the London club and expressed a desire to rejoin Inter Milan.
In a pre-recorded interview with Sky Italia released on Thursday, the 28-year-old Lukaku said “I’m not happy with the situation” at Chelsea, indicating that he did not like Tuchel’s style of play.
“Tuchel has chosen to play with a different system,” Lukaku said.
Tuchel responded to a press conference on Friday, ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match against Liverpool.
“I will wait to see what Romelu has to say and then we will deal with this,” Tuchel said. “The thing with Romelu is that I do not think anyone in this building is aware that he is dissatisfied. That is why (there is) surprise about the statement. That is why we have to check with him now, because I can see no reason why it should be so. ”
Lukaku first joined Chelsea in 2011 but spent two years on loan before being sold to Everton in 2014. He returned to Chelsea last season in a deal worth almost £ 100m after scoring 24 Serie A goals. A-goal to help Inter win the Italian league title. for the first time since 2010.
But Lukaku has had a frustrating first season back in London as he was out of injury for a month and missed time in December after contracting COVID-19. Now, his public comments add an unwanted distraction for Tuchel in the midst of a close title race.
“Obviously we do not like it because it brings noise that we do not need and it is not useful,” Tuchel said. “But on the other hand, we do not want to make more of it than it actually is.”
Chelsea are number two in the Premier League, eight points behind leaders Manchester City and with Liverpool one point behind in third place, after playing one game less.
“It’s noise we do not need, we need a calm environment,” Tuchel said. “If it’s an interview from someone of that kind of interest, an important player, I fully understand the process. Therefore, it’s a lot of extra noise.”
Tuchel said he thought Lukaku was in good spirits.
“I do not feel unhappy with him; I feel the exact opposite. I would say he is absolutely fine, “Tuchel said.” If there is anything to discuss, it is, of course, behind closed doors. Maybe we can take the time to try to understand what’s going on. “Because it does not reflect his daily work, it does not reflect his daily attitude.”
In the interview, Lukaku promised to do his best for Chelsea, but spoke lovingly of Inter.
“I do not want to give up, I want to be professional,” he told Sky Italia. “It’s the right time to share my feelings. I’ve always said I have Inter in my heart, I know I’ll return to Inter, I really hope so.”
In two seasons at Inter, Lukaku scored an impressive 64 goals in 95 games in total and became hugely popular with fans. He suggested he did not want to go.
“I’m in love with Italy, this is the right time to talk and let people know what really happened,” Lukaku said.
The Belgian has scored a modest seven goals in 18 games this season.
Tuchel joined Chelsea after being sacked by Paris Saint-Germain midway through last season, helping Chelsea win the Champions League for the second time in its history.
At PSG, he gained a reputation as a strong motivator who was close to striker Kylian Mbappe, but also as an innovative coach who perhaps fiddled too much with his formations.
His dismissal from PSG followed his own comments to the German TV station SPORT1.
The German coach allegedly claimed that the management of PSG was more akin to being a politician or a sports minister and that he did not receive enough recognition to lead the club to its first Champions League final in 2019.
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