Chelsea ace Romelu Lukaku slammed for ‘disrespectful’ response to Thomas Tuchel discussion

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Chelsea ace Romelu Lukaku has been slammed for being ‘disrespectful’ to his club after claiming he wasn’t happy with his situation at Stamford Bridge. The Belgium international returned to west London for a second spell in the summer.

The Blues paid Inter Milan a staggering £97.5million to get their hands on Lukaku for a second time after originally signing the goalscorer from Anderlecht as an 18-year-old in 2011.

The forward scored on his second debut against Arsenal in August and grabbed a brace against Aston Villa three weeks later.

But he was plagued by an ankle injury in the autumn and then missed two games earlier this month after contracting coronavirus.

In fact, since returning from injury in November, Lukaku has started just one Premier League match.

Lukaku has clearly grown frustrated by his lack of gametime and made his thoughts clear during an interview with Sky Sports Italia, which was recorded several weeks ago.

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“I’m not happy with the situation – this is normal,” Lukaku said as the interview was aired on Thursday.

“But I am a worker and I must not give up.

“I want to say a big apology to the Inter fans because I think the way I left should have been different.

“I really hope in the depths of my heart to return to Inter, not at the end of my career, but at a still good level to hopefully win more.”

Lukaku’s comments have been criticised by former England winger Trevor Sinclair, who believes the striker now needs to apologise to Chelsea fans.

“I’m in absolute shock,” Sinclair told talkSPORT. “I was at Chelsea’s win against Villa and I watched him in the warm up.

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“I was intrigued because he was out for a while and wondered what his mood was going to be like – he was smiling, laughing, he looked like he was loving being back in the Chelsea squad.

“The second half performance cemented what I was thinking. He looked happy, he played happy, got a goal – an elite striker’s goal.

“And then the third goal, where he won the penalty, I thought was one of the best runs to earn a penalty from him I’ve seen in a long time.

“For him to come out with those comments, I think he should be apologising to the Chelsea fans. That’s so disrespectful to the Chelsea fans.

“I think that’s so disrespectful to the Chelsea manager. I’d be astounded if he hadn’t had a conversation with Thomas Tuchel about this.

“He might not have got the answer he wanted but you don’t come out in public and say this. I think it’s disrespectful to his team-mates and I think it’s disrespectful to the owner.

“He’s 28 years old. A lot of Chelsea’s front line will look up to Lukaku – I think he’s let them all down.”

Meanwhile, Sinclair’s words have been echoed by former Three Lions striker Darren Bent.

“Some of the quotes are just crazy,” admitted Bent.

“One of the quotes where he says he hopes to return to Inter Milan and not at the end of his career, while he’s at his peak still. That could be soon. He’s not getting any younger.

“It is a bombshell. I can understand his frustrations at not playing because there have been times where he’s been available and Thomas Tuchel has opted to go for Christian Pulisic as a false nine or Kai Havertz.

“But to be so public about it – that’s a hammer blow for Chelsea Football Club.”

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