Romelu Lukaku’s first comments since interview as Chelsea schedule more showdown talks
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Romelu Lukaku has reportedly admitted that he’s due for “another meeting” with Chelsea with the club seemingly unhappy at his recent comments in a controversial interview. The Belgium international had recently returned to action for the Blues after testing positive for Covid during the festive period.
But Lukaku has now been dropped for Chelsea’s match against Liverpool after an interview came out on New Year’s Eve where the striker admitted he wanted to return to Inter Milan.
The 28-year-old also stated that he’s not happy with his current situation at Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel.
After returning from an injury at the back end of November, Lukaku struggled to win back his place in the starting line-up.
Lukaku’s two goals this past week against Aston Villa and Brighton were his first in the league since September.
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But his recent comments on wanting to return to Inter in the near future has caused uproar in the Chelsea camp.
Tuchel dropped the striker from Chelsea’s matchday squad against title rivals Liverpool.
And Lukaku has seemingly been told to keep quiet on matters behind the scenes, according to Tim Howard.
The former Everton goalkeeper spent three seasons playing alongside Lukaku at Goodison Park and struck up a close relationship.
And Howard has now opened up on a text exchange he’s had with Lukaku recently.
“I can’t say too much. The situation is hot,” Lukaku’s text to Howard read, according to NBC Sports.
“I have another meeting on Monday.
“After that, I can say more.”
Part of the reason Lukaku left Inter was because of Inter’s financial perils, but Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has called out the Chelsea forward for not doing more to try and stay.
Hasselbaink said on Sky Sports: “Every player is going to go through bad spells, every player is going to have injuries.
“If you don’t come back the way that you should, the manager has got the right to not play you.
“To spit your dummy out after four matches and you want to go away and back to Inter because they sorted you out when you came from Man Utd, if you really wanted to stay at Inter then say, ‘I’m not going to Chelsea. Give me half my wages and I stay’.
“We all know he had to leave Inter because they were in financial trouble. So if you really loved Inter and loved the club, say ‘I’m staying. Give me half my wages and I want to stay here’.”
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