Romelu Lukaku will reportedly not leave Chelsea in January, despite his sensational interview with Italian media.
Lukaku admitted he was unhappy under Thomas Tuchel, and vowed to return to Inter in the future.
However, Tuchel is planning on clarifying aerial talks with Lukaku, and The Telegraph reports that the 28-year-old has no intention of leaving the club next month.
He is understood to have been disappointed in playing under Tuchel’s strategy, the Germans notorious for operating a 3-4-3 system.
But despite his anger, Lukaku is expected to stay at Chelsea.
At Inter, Lukaku played 3–5–2 under Antonio Conte, scoring 64 times in 95 games, with Lautaro Martínez as his striker partner.
Rumors have surfaced that the striker may return to Inter only six months after departing, with Martinez to back up.
This is unlikely, however, as Lukaku is set to remain at Stamford Bridge.
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It is claimed that Lukaku’s pre-recorded interview, which was released last night, was an attempt to fence off Inter fans.
Supporters of the Nerazurri were furious at the way he left for Chelsea in the summer.
But Lukaku’s words instead suggested he was unhappy at Chelsea, despite hopes he would still be at the club until the end of January.
If he chooses to move in the new year, there is a long list of potential striker replacements that Chelsea could target.
In response to Lukaku’s outburst, Tuchel told reporters today that he would ensure discussions with the unwanted star in the near future.
He added: “We will do it (talk) behind closed doors, openly, like I think the relationship is and always has been, so there will be no comment on that publicly.
“Thing with Romelu, I don’t think anyone in this building knows he’s unhappy and that’s what makes us very surprised about this statement because I don’t see any reason why it should be.
“All I can say is I wait until I see what Romelu says and then we can deal with it.”
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