Tuchel: Lukaku 'should've known better' with bombshell interview

Thomas Tuchel tells Romelu Lukaku ‘you should’ve known better’ as he confirms the £98m star has apologised and vowed to ‘clean the mess up’, as he returns to the squad after infuriating fans and being dropped for Liverpool clash

  • Thomas Tuchel has reached a resolution with outspoken striker Romelu Lukaku
  • Lukaku recently gave a bombshell interview in which he said he was not happy
  • Tuchel dropped the Belgian from the squad to face title rivals Liverpool
  • German says the issue is resolved but insists Lukaku should have known better 

Thomas Tuchel insists Chelsea’s saga with record signing Romelu Lukaku has now been neatly resolved, but admits the experienced striker should have known better before delivering a bombshell interview.

Amid a prolific spell on the pitch, following his goal-scoring exploits against both Aston Villa and Brighton, Lukaku gave an exclusive interview to Sky Italia in which he opened up on his unhappiness under Tuchel and his desire to one day play for Inter Milan again.

The revelation went down terribly in the Chelsea ranks and Lukaku was quickly banished from the match-day squad prior to the team’s huge title race showdown with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

Thomas Tuchel says Chelsea’s saga with record signing Romelu Lukaku is now resolved

Now, speaking during his press conference on Tuesday ahead of Chelsea’s Carabao Cup semi-final tie with Tottenham, Tuchel addressed the matter and confirmed all issues with Lukaku had been resolved.

Despite being both surprised and angered by Lukaku’s comments, Tuchel had put the issue to bed but informed his star striker that at 28-years-old, he should know better. 

Tuchel told reporters: ‘For me its important to understand the overall picture we have. Does it reflect his overall mood and attitude? Absolutely clear no. 

The striker was dropped from Thomas Tuchel’s squad to face Liverpool after his comments

‘Was the intention to create trouble or leave the club, put pressure on the coach? Absolutely not. 

‘Of course he should have known better, that’s why we have to clean it and clear the air together. 

‘We need to be adult enough and mature enough to accept an apology and have a clear head to prepare the upcoming matches.’

Lukaku, who signed from Inter for a record £98million in the summer, penned a long-term deal at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel now expects a firm line to be drawn under the matter, though openly admitted he does not know what the future holds.

The German added: ‘He has a contract for a reason and he wants to achieve big things with his youth club Chelsea which means a lot to him. 

‘I cannot predict the future but there was no intention behind all this to change the club or change his ambition. 

‘Romelu speaks out openly not only in the media but also in the dressing room. 

Chelsea will now draw a line under the matter and integrate Lukaku back into the squad again

‘It was maybe a bit too open and in a direction where supporters can be offended and they have the right to be offended – but we took our time and we can move on now.’

The Chelsea boss confirmed Lukaku has now been restored to the senior squad and will be available for Wednesday’s showdown with Spurs.

Tuchel also confirmed that both Andreas Christensen and Trevoh Chalobah are likely to miss the match due to injury concerns, while Timo Werner is on the cusp of a return pending fitness checks.

‘Andreas is a doubt for tomorrow and Trevoh is out tomorrow,’ Tuchel added.

‘Werner trained yesterday and has one more training to go, he feels much better and has had no reactions so far. If the training goes well we can have him on the bench or give him some minutes.’

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