Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku has admitted that he is unhappy with his current situation at Chelsea, but he is not prepared to give up just yet.
The 28-year-old rejoined the Blues from Inter Milan after seven years last summer. The west London giants paid a club-record £97.5 million fee to sign him.
He made a superb start on his return with three goals from as many games, but has struggled thereafter with just four goals from 15 appearances.
In an explosive interview with Sky Sport Italy, Lukaku has now said that he is unhappy due to the system played by manager Thomas Tuchel.
He added that he is not prepared to give up, but opened the possibility of returning to Inter soon.
He said: “Physically, I am fine. But I’m not happy with the situation at Chelsea. Tuchel has chosen to play with another system – I won’t give up, I’ll be professional.
“I am not happy with the situation but I am professional – and I can’t give up now. It’s the right time to share my feelings. I have always said that I have Inter in my heart.
“I know I will return to Inter, I really hope so. I am in love with Italy, this is right moment to talk and let people know what really happened.”
Football Today verdict:
Lukaku spoke fondly about Chelsea on his homecoming last summer. The Belgian openly said that the Blues were the only club he would have joined after Inter.
However, it appears that he is already regretting the decision. While he has been among the goals lately, the striker is clearly not impressed with Tuchel’s tactics.
This could have been dealt with privately in the dressing room, and going public with such comments is bound to deteriorate his relationship among the fanbase.
The Blues faithful were delighted with his comeback over the summer. There could be a frosty reaction from many fans when he lines up against Liverpool on Sunday.
With the hefty fee paid, Tuchel is unlikely to sideline Lukaku anytime soon, but there will be doubts over his future in the summer if the German stays at the helm.
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