Romelu Lukaku will not leave Chelsea in January after bombshell comments surprise player’s camp and Tuchel

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Romelu Lukaku will not leave Chelsea in January after bombshell comments surprise player’s camp and Tuchel
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Romelu Lukaku will not push for a move, despite the £97.5million striker revealing he is unhappy at Chelsea.

Sources close to him say there is “zero” chance he will leave the European champions, while Thomas Tuchel is also adamant the 28-year-old wants to stay at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s manager plans talks with Lukaku after describing his comments in an interview with Sky Sport Italia as “unhelpful”.

He said: “We will do it behind closed doors. We will speak openly like I think the relationship is and always has been.

“Maybe we here can take the time to try to understand what’s going on. Because it does not reflect his daily work, it does not reflect his daily attitude, it does not reflect the daily behaviour which Romelu shows here at Cobham.”

It is understood the interview surprised even Lukaku’s representatives, with the forward saying: “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 comes at a time when Chelsea’s title challenge has come off the rails and Tuchel is facing his most testing spell in the job.

In response, the German said: “We don’t like it, of course, because it brings noise that we don’t need and is not helpful. But on the other side, we don’t want to make more out of it than it actually is.

“You know very well how it is, it’s very easy to take lines out of context, to shorten lines to make headlines, then realise later it’s not so bad or what he meant. But let’s be honest, we don’t like it, because it’s noise we don’t need, we need a calm environment and focus. And it does not help.”

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Tuchel added: “He is an experienced player and he should know what kind of value it has when he speaks out with messages like this.

“I don’t feel him unhappy. I feel the exact opposite. If you ask me yesterday morning, I would say I feel the exact opposite.

“That’s why I would say it’s a surprise, but I am the wrong person to ask.”

Lukaku has endured a difficult time since signing in a club record deal at the start of the season.

He suffered an ankle injury that kept him out for nearly two months and then contracted Covid just before Christmas.

But he has scored two goals in his last two games to suggest he is returning to form and fitness.

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