Lukaku back in Chelsea squad – 5/01/22

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Lukaku back in Chelsea squad (Sports News)Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is back in the Blues squad. This happened after one-on-one talks with manager Thomas Tuchel to convince the striker to come back, and express remorse for his recent disparaging statements about his club.

Lukaku Back in Chelsea Squad - Details

The whole fiasco started when, in an unauthorized interview with Sky Sport Italia, Lukaku said that he was not happy with his situation under manager Thomas Tuchel, months after he got paid 98 million GBP to join the club. He also added that he wanted to go back to Inter Milan, the club with which he won the Seria A 2020/21 title.

Because of the interview, Tuchel dropped the Belgian star in the Premier League match against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. This decision was made after the German manager consulted his players. In addition, pundits and former players took jabs at him.

Lukaku Back in Chelsea Squad - Apology Statement

Lukaku apologized through a sit-down chat with the Blues’ media channel, in which he addressed Chelsea supporters, Tuchel and his teammates directly.

“To the fans I’m sorry for the upset I caused,” said the 28-year-old. “You know the connection I’ve had to this club since my teenage years, so I totally understand you guys being upset.It’s up to me now to restore your trust and I’ll do my best to show commitment every day on the training ground and to try and win games.

“To the manager I apologise and also to my team-mates and the board because it was not the right moment,” he continued.

Lukaku Back in Chelsea Squad - Star Fined?

Lukaku was then reintroduced into the first squad, and may see action as Chelsea take on Tottenham Hostpur in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final. However, the Belgian was also reported to have been fined by the club as a consequence.

According to Tuchel: “There will be disciplinary action, and he will accept it. It happened and it’s not a small thing. But it’s not the biggest thing and does not make a comeback impossible, absolutely not. This is what we (will) prove now. But something happened. He will be fined and of course he needs to accept it.”

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