‘I don’t like it, it’s not helpful’: Thomas Tuchel says Romelu Lukaku has upset ‘calm and focus’ at Chelsea with his bombshell interview and plans talks with £98m star after his unhappiness ‘surprised’ him
- Manager Thomas Tuchel is less than impressed by Romelu Lukaku’s comments
- The £98million summer signing said he is ‘not happy with situation’ at Chelsea
- The Blues boss faced the media on Friday morning and was quizzed on Lukaku
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is less than impressed by Romelu Lukaku’s bombshell interview saying he is ‘not happy with the situation’ at Chelsea.
The £98million signing sent shockwaves through the Blues on Thursday night after confessing he is unhappy with his role under Tuchel.
The Blues boss faced the media on Friday morning as part of his duties for his side’s clash against Liverpool at the weekend and was quizzed on Lukaku’s revelations.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is less than impressed with Romelu Lukaku’s bombshell interview
Tuchel was quizzed on Lukaku’s comments in his pre-match press conference on Friday
‘We don’t like it of course. It brings noise that we don’t need and it’s not helpful,’ he said.
‘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 and maybe not what he meant.
‘We don’t like it, I don’t like it because it’s noise that we don’t need. We need a calm environment and focus and this does not help.’
Tuchel admitted he was ‘surprised’ at Lukaku’s unhappiness as he revealed the club plans to talk to the former Inter Milan striker.
‘I don’t feel him unhappy. I feel the exact opposite if you asked me yesterday morning and that’s why it’s a surprise but that’s why I’m the wrong person to ask,’ he added.
‘If there is something then it is behind closed doors, for sure.
Blues £98million summer signing said he is ‘not happy with the situation’ at Chelsea
‘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.
‘We will [sit down with him] behind closed doors and openly.’
In an interview with Sky Sport Italy, the Belgium international 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.’
In the same interview, Lukaku opened the door to returning to Inter Milan – the club he left in the summer – in the not too distant future.
Lukaku also opened the door to returning to Inter Milan – the club he left last summer
Inter sold the centre-forward to ease their huge financial concerns in the summer, while Lukaku made clear he wanted to return to Stamford Bridge.
But the former Manchester United star appears to have cleared the path for a potential return to Milan, saying: ‘I think everything that happened last summer was not supposed to happen like this… how I left Inter, the way I left the club, how I communicated with Inter fans – this bothers me because it was not the right time.
‘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.
‘I really hope from bottom of my heart to return to Inter not at the end of my career, but when I’m still at top level to win more together.
‘I want apologise to the Inter fans, the timing of my words was wrong: what you did for me will remain forever.’
Tuchel added: ‘If you are such a big player like Romelu, it is always in the public. He should know what kind of value he has when he speaks out with messages like this. Everything is easier when we win.
‘The dressing room might not always be in harmony. Sometimes it is good to be on the edge, in disharmony.
‘With Romelu, I don’t think that anybody in this building is unaware that he is unhappy. I can see no reason why he should be like this. That’s all I can say.’