Romelu Lukaku is vying to return for Chelsea in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup game against Tottenham after apologizing for a recent interview, manager Thomas Tuchel confirmed.
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What did Lukaku say in the controversial interview?
In a 29 minute interview with Heaven in Italy recorded in early December, Lukaku said he was not “happy” with his situation at Chelsea, questioned Tuchel’s system and revealed that he had refused to move to Manchester City in 2020.
“Physically I’m doing great. I’m not very happy with the situation, but it’s normal,” said Lukaku. “I think the coach has decided to play with a different formation, but I have to keep him and move forward professionally.
“I’m not happy with the situation but it’s my job and I don’t have to give up.
“When I was at Inter, at the end of the first year, I turned down an offer from Manchester City which this summer was higher than Chelsea’s.
“So the second year after winning the Scudetto, I went to talk to the club managers and asked for a new contract. I did it because I said to myself that I’m 28, my family is fine at Milan, I still have my apartment there, my mother and son could come and live there and we would all feel comfortable.
“But they didn’t want to extend my contract, there was no possibility. It was hard for me to accept, because in my head I was telling myself that I could do a few more years at Milan.”
“In my opinion, there are three absolute best teams in football: Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Every player dreams of playing for one of these teams someday. So I figured if I ever had that chance, I would sign a new one. contract with Inter and then I go there.
“But it didn’t happen, so I told myself there is only one team I could see myself at, Chelsea. I didn’t think about going there, but at some point they came for me and so I asked [Inter boss Simone] Inzaghi to leave.
“The fact that they didn’t try to get me to sign a new contract bothered me a little, it also hurt me. If Inter had offered me a new contract, I would have stayed 100%. It goes without saying.”
Souness: Lukaku has more than crossed the finish line | Nev: Love story over
Graeme Souness says Lukaku needs to apologize to his teammates after the comments he made in his Heaven in Italy interview led Tuchel to drop the striker against Liverpool.
However, fellow expert Gary Neville says an apology isn’t necessary if Lukaku is telling the truth, but he has to work hard to win back the trust of his manager and fans in what is now “rather than a romance, a transactional relationship. “
Lukaku said he hoped to return to Inter soon because he wasn’t happy with how Tuchel was using him.
Sky Sports expert Souness described Lukaku’s decision to say those things as “ridiculous and harmful” and argued Tuchel for leaving the £ 97.5 million striker out, despite the enormity of the game.
In the end, Chelsea drew 2-2 with Liverpool, a result that really benefits only Premier League leaders Manchester City.
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