Romelu Lukaku has given an explosive interview in which he states he is “not happy” with his situation at Chelsea, as the problems continue to mount for Thomas Tuchel.
Chelsea’s record signing, who rejoined from Internazionale for £97.5m in the summer, has endured a frustrating campaign under Tuchel but has recently found his shooting boots with goals in his last two outings for the European champions.
The striker has scored seven goals in 18 matches this season but has been inconsistent and has not always started. It is understood the interview was recorded three weeks ago, before Lukaku’s return to scoring form, and he has since praised his manager after the 3-1 win at Aston Villa.
“Physically I am fine,” Lukaku told Sky Italia. “But I am not happy with the situation at Chelsea. Tuchel has chosen to play with another system.
“I won’t give up. I will be professional. I am not happy with the situation but I am professional and I can’t give up now.”
Lukaku, who fired Internazionale to the Serie A title in May, said that he hoped to one day return to Inter, adding: “Now it is the right time to share my feelings. I have always said that I have Inter in my head. I know I will return to Inter, I really hope so. I am in love with Italy.”
The release of the interview will provide an irritating backdrop for Tuchel, who has seen his resources stretched by injuries and Covid-19 in the last month. Chelsea face Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and will be without Reece James after the defender injured a hamstring in Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw with Brighton. Chelsea were awaiting scan results but fear it could be a torn hamstring which would necessitate a lengthy layoff for the 22-year-old.
Tuchel is already without the wing-back Ben Chilwell for the rest of the season. Andreas Christensen is a serious doubt to face Liverpool and Thiago Silva missed Wednesday’s game through injury. Chelsea will make a late decision on Silva’s thigh issue but also on a host of players suffering lasting effects after contracting Covid-19, including Timo Werner.
Tuchel said: “[Werner’s] not good, not in training. And that’s because of Covid. We don’t know any more at the moment, and nobody knows quite how the players [who have had Covid] will react. We play trial and error and see what we get. That’s why I’m protecting my team. We can play much better but we need a full squad over weeks and weeks.”