Romelu Lukaku was ‘not happy with situation’ at Chelsea | Football News

Romelu Lukaku said Heaven in Italy earlier this month he was “not happy” with the situation at Chelsea, questioning Thomas Tuchel’s system and talking about the prospect of returning to Inter while still playing at a “fairly good level”.

The 28-year-old moved to Chelsea in the summer for a record £ 97.5m, ending a two-year stay at Inter that culminated in the club’s Serie A victory.

Since re-signing for Chelsea – a decade after initially joining the club – Lukaku has scored seven goals in 18 appearances but was hampered by a strained ankle before contracting Covid-19.

As a result, Lukaku has completed 90 minutes in the Premier League only once in his last 13 games, most recently when he scored in the 1-1 draw against Brighton.

“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.”

Lukaku: I will play for Inter again

Lukaku exchanged Manchester United for Inter Milan in 2019 and scored 34 goals in 51 appearances in his first season in Italy.

The former West Brom and Everton striker then scored 30 goals in 2020-21, including 24 goals in Serie A when Inter won their first Scudetto in 11 years.

Romelu Lukaku has urged Inter Milan to accept a transfer offer from Chelsea in the summer

At the beginning of August, Sky Sports News Lukaku told Inter Milan to accept Chelsea’s advances after a £ 85m offer was rejected.

Chelsea returned with a £ 97.5m offer and confirmed Lukaku’s signing on 12 August, and the Belgian said he regrets the way he left Inter before adding that he is confident that one day it will come back.

Lukaku added: “I think none of this should have gone the way it did. The way I left Inter and the way I communicated with the Inter fans. I’m upset about that because it’s not the time. right now but it wasn’t even the right time when I left.

“I have always said that I love Inter and that I will play for them again. I really hope so. I fell in love with Italy.

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At the start of the season Romelu Lukaku said he was thrilled to be returning to Chelsea

“Now is the right time to talk about it and tell people what really happened, without saying anything bad to anyone, because I’m not like that.

“I really want to apologize to the Inter fans because I don’t think I should have left Inter like I did. I should have talked to you guys first, especially after everything you have done for me, for my family, my mom, my son, I will never forget it.

“I hope from the bottom of my heart to return to Inter and not at the end of my career, but when I am still at a high enough level to win more trophies.”

Lukaku & Tuchel: the timeline as tensions rise

Lukaku was concerned about injury after retiring from service in Belgium in early October due to “muscle strain”, and although he later played 77 minutes against Brentford on October 16, a sprained ankle against Malmo four days later resulted in a sprained ankle against Malmo four days later. led to a period of inactivity.

Before the Malmo match, Tuchel had already said that Lukaku was “mentally tired”, complaining of a drought in front of goal due to the fact that he was playing too much football.

After six away games, there were then four league games in which Lukaku was on the day’s squad, entering each time as a substitute – against Manchester United, Watford, West Ham and Leeds – amassing 77 minutes but failing to find the target.

He started and scored in 3-3 with Zenit in Chelsea’s final Champions League group match, but after a brief cameo against Leeds, he then missed three games due to Covid, against Everton and Wolves in the league and Brentford in the Carabao Cup.

The striker’s first game since his return from Covid was against Aston Villa on Boxing Day, where he went off the bench at half-time to inspire a 3-1 comeback win.

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talking with Sky Sports after the win, Lukaku spoke of his frustration at being on the sidelines.

“I think I need a performance like this today, it was difficult because every player wants to play,” he said.

“The coach has his reasons but I continued to work hard. Today it was good for us to win and I’m happy with my performance.”

Meanwhile, Tuchel said Lukaku’s 45 minutes against Villa went against medical advice and expressed his concerns that this could affect the striker’s return to full fitness.

Tuchel said: “Him [Lukaku] he did a great performance, he was very useful, but it’s not fair. He is not ready for it even if he wants to.

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Thomas Tuchel was extremely frustrated after Chelsea’s win at Aston Villa

“We have just entered the players but we don’t know [what the impact is]. Today was a turning point.

“There is no doubt that he is very important. Romelu will be a key player. The last time he started for us was in October, not because of quality or because we have doubts that we are better off without him. He is unlucky to get injured.

“When he was struggling to get back into the program we have, he took Covid [45 minutes] it was more than the medical and fitness department recommended for him, but we thought we could take the risk and be more offensive. “

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