Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel to speak with Romelu Lukaku to better understand situation
Chelsea record signatory Romelu Lukaku starts talks with manager Thomas Tuchel because it is not known when he will play again, but he assured that he had a future despite his retirement for publicizing his frustrations. (More football news)
The forward, who missed Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Liverpool, said he was “not happy with the situation” at Chelsea and said he didn’t like Tuchel’s style of play.
The comments were made in a TV interview which was conducted before Lukaku scored last Sunday and again Wednesday in the Premier League, but it was only later aired by broadcaster Sky in Italy.
But there is a way back to the squad for 28-year-old Lukaku. Monday’s talks with Tuchel come two days before Chelsea are next in action, hosting Tottenham in the League Cup semi-final.
“He is our player, he will remain our player,” said Tuchel. “We will always protect our players and when we make decisions like this we have to first assess the situation, not listen to the media but understand what he said and why he said it.
“If the decision is that he’s good for the Tottenham game on Wednesday, that’s the decision. But I can’t tell you right now because we need to talk and understand the situation better. “
Tuchel consulted with some of Lukaku’s teammates to keep him out of play at Stamford Bridge. “I make decisions for the team,” said Tuchel.
“I have players to listen to them and hear their opinion and what they think. I make my decisions once I have heard them. It’s their club, it’s their team, and it’s not personal for me to decide solely because of my beliefs.
“We must protect the strong convictions and values of the team. We talk to five or six players on a regular basis to get the big picture, to get a clearer assessment of the situation. “
Lukaku first joined Chelsea in 2011, but spent two years on loan before being sold to Everton in 2014. He returned to Chelsea in the last offseason on a one-off contract. worth nearly £ 100million (then around $ 140million) after scoring 24 Serie A goals to help Inter claim the Italian league title for the first time since 2010.
But Lukaku had a frustrating first season in London where he was injured for a month and wasted time in December after contracting the coronavirus.
“This is not the first time that an interview has made noise,” Tuchel said.
“But we can handle it, I don’t feel personally attacked, I don’t feel personally angry. But the noise was too loud, Friday there were two statements and too much noise. “