What Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku said about Thomas Tuchel and Inter Milan
In an interview conducted three weeks ago with Sky Sports Italia, Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku admitted that he’s not happy with a change in playing style adopted by manager Thomas Tuchel, but he vows to work hard to make things better.
The striker is still working his way back to full fitness, after making his first start in three weeks against Brighton on Dec. 29, scoring in his second straight appearance. Lukaku has been limited to just five Premier League appearances since mid-October due to an injury and a bout of COVID-19.
But the 28-year-old, who has scored five times in 13 Premier League appearances, revealed that the current system employed by Tuchel does not suit him. However, he has pledged to work his way back to his best form for the Blues.
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“Physically I’m fine, even better than before. After two years in Italy, during which I worked a lot at Inter with coaches and nutritionists, I am physically fine,” he told Sky Sport.
“I’m not happy with the situation and that’s only natural. The head coach has made a choice to play a different system and I can’t give up, I need to keep working hard and be professional.
“I’m not happy with the situation but I’m a worker and I won’t give up.”
Lukaku wants Inter Milan return
Lukaku returned to Stamford Bridge after a successful spell with Inter, leaving shortly after he helped the Nerazzurri secure their first Serie A title in 11 years.
The Belgium international admits he regrets the way the move was handled, after his departure angered fans, but he is open to returning to the Italian top-flight in the future.
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“I think everything that happened was not supposed to happen like this,” he added.
“How I left Inter, how I communicated with the fans, this bothers me because it is not the right time now, but even when I left it was not the right time.
“Now I think it is right to speak because I have always said that I have Inter in my heart. I will return to play there, I really hope so.
“I am in love with Italy, this is the right time to talk and let people know what really happened without talking badly about people because I am not like that.”
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Lukaku continued: “First I want to say a big apology to the Inter fans because I think the way I left should have been different. I had to talk to you first, because the things you have done for me, for my family, for my mother, for my son, are things that remain with me in life.
“I really hope in the depths of my heart to return to Inter, not at the end of my career, but at a still good level to hopefully win more.”
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