Angry Chelsea fans want Romelu Lukaku gone ‘immediately’ – but he won’t quit
Chelsea supporters have been left furious by the words of Romelu Lukaku – and urged the club to sell the £97.5million striker despite his 'intention' to stay beyond January.
The 28-year-old forward told Sky Italy earlier this month that he was not happy with how things were going in his second spell at Stamford Bridge – and reiterated his desire to return to Italy.
The Belgium international had fired Inter Milan to their first Serie A triumph since 2010 under Antonio Conte last season, scoring 24 goals across 36 domestic outings.
Following five goals across 13 Premier League fixtures on his return to England, Lukaku has been criticised by Chelsea fans for his tell-all interview.
Despite that, the Telegraph report that Lukaku will not try and quit the club in January – with sources saying there is 'zero chance' he will leave.
That leaves supporters in a tricky situation, and many have decided not to support the striker despite his importance should they secure silverware this season.
Lukaku had told Sky Sports Italy: "Physically I'm 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."
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With one saying in response: "Then terminate his contract we are fine without him."
And a second adding: "If not January, get him out in summer."
With a third writing: "No one cares about his intentions, get him out."
A fourth put: "Nonsense he should leave immediately".
And a fifth concluding: "What’s the actual point of keeping someone the whole fan base will despise."
Tuchel was more level-headed in his view, insisting that the comments should not be taken out of context. He said: "We don't like it of course. It brings noise that we don't need and it's not helpful.
"We don't want to make more out of it than it actually is. It is easy to take lines out of context, shorten lines, make headlines and then realise later that it is not so bad."
Adding: "Like I said, this is what you read into it. It is very easy, in general, to take lines out of context and make headlines to get the focus.
"I totally understand the process and that is why it is a lot of noise, not a little noise. But still, we are not here to read the headlines.
"We can take the time to try and understand what is going on because it does not reflect the daily work, attitude and behaviour which Romelu shows here at Cobham."
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