Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has said he did not like Romelu Lukaku’s decision to speak out about his unhappiness at Stamford Bridge, claiming the striker’s comments were a “surprise” and “not helpful”.
Tuchel admits he is disappointed with the striker’s comments and says the club will be dealing with the matter internally.
“We don’t like it because it brings noise that we don’t need, but on the other side we don’t want to make noise, it’s very easy to make headlines or shorten lines,” said Tuchel, speaking ahead of Sunday’s crucial match against Liverpool.
Lukaku rejoined Chelsea in a £97.5m move from Inter in the summer but has struggled for consistency this season, scoring seven goals in 18 matches.
An ankle injury has hampered his progress and the Belgium international has played the full 90 minutes just once in Chelsea’s last 12 league games – Wednesday’s frustrating 1-1 draw with Brighton.
Speaking earlier this month, Lukaku admitted he is not happy with his current role under Tuchel.
“Physically I’m doing great. I’m just not very happy with the situation, but that’s normal,” Lukaku said.
Lukaku scored 24 league goals last season to help Inter win the Serie A title and the striker says he is keen to move back to Italian football at some point in the future.
Speaking about his departure from the San Siro, Lukaku added: “I don’t think any of it should have happened the way it did. The way I left Inter and the way I communicated with the Inter fans. I’m annoyed about that because it’s not the right time now but it wasn’t the right time when I left either.