Romelu Lukaku is due to feature in Chelsea’s squad against Tottenham on Wednesday in the League Cup semi-final first leg. “He apologized and he is back to collective training” on Tuesday, explained his coach Thomas Tuchel, a few days after dismissing the Belgian striker for Sunday’s shock in the league against Liverpool (2-2) .
Recruited for 115 million euros this summer at Inter Milan, Lukaku gave an interview to Sky Italia in mid-December where he said he was unhappy with his situation with the Blues and half-heartedly criticized the game advocated by the German technician . The images had been broadcast three days before the game against the Reds with whom Chelsea are neck and neck behind Manchester City.
“For me the most important thing was to understand and understand very clearly,” explained Tuchel. He didn’t do it intentionally to create an uproar ahead of such an important game. And this is the very first time that he has behaved like this. “He also relativized the scope of the words which particularly struck the London supporters. “It wasn’t as big as some would have liked, but not tiny either. It was small enough for us to stay calm, accept the apologies and move on, ”added the Blues coach.
A huge fine
“He is fully aware of what happened and what it caused and he feels that it is his responsibility to clean up this mess,” Tuchel continued. He can manage it and besides, he has no choice. He couldn’t expect everyone to be delighted the next day. “
“But he remains our player and we have good reasons and many reasons, to make him play for us, also indicated the former coach of PSG. We are happy that he is our player and we will protect him. »According to the Italian daily
The Republic, Lukaku would still have been fined 500,000 euros after his interview. Protection is expensive.