Thomas Tuchel Confirms Romelu Lukaku’s Return To The Team But Will Not Guarantee Long Term Future

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Romelu Lukaku met with head coach Thomas Tuchel to discuss his outburst in the controversial interview he gave to SkySports Italia and both parties now seem to have reached a resolution.

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Romelu Lukaku has returned to Chelsea training after meeting with head coach Thomas Tuchel and offering his apology to the club.


The coach confirmed the 28 year old would later today join training ahead of the Carabao Cup first leg semi final against Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow.

However, his long term future is what Tuchel did not offer guarantee on as he confessed that depends on the player but stressed that he remains a core part of the current set up.

“First of all, I’m very happy that we took the time needed to look at it and talk calmly about it,” Tuchel said during his press conference ahead of the Carabao Cup game against Spurs.

“He has apologised and is back in the squad for today’s training [session] later.

“We have had enough time to clear the air and move on.

“Most important for me was that it was not intentional. He did not intentionally do this to create this kind of noise in front of such a big game.”

“It’s not that big as maybe people want it to be, but it’s also not small,” said Tuchel.

“But it is small enough to stay calm, accept an apology and to move on forward. He’s very aware of what happened and what he created and he feels the responsibility to clean the mess up.

“Maybe we will have a bit of smell still from it of course. He can handle it, but he also has no other choice.

“He cannot expect everybody to be super happy the very next day.

“But he’s still our player and we have good, good reasons and a lot of reasons to make him play for us, and to convince him and to fight hard that he’s our player. We’re happy he’s our player, we will protect him.”

Tuchel concluded by offering a say on Lukaku’s long term future: “You have to ask him. I don’t know how he feels about his long-term future, he has a long-term contract and he’s very committed. He’s our number nine – he had no intention to create problems.”


Antonio Conte feels it will be an emotional return to Stamford Bridge but says he has nothing to prove by the time his Tottenham Hotspur side line up against Chelsea on Wednesday.

Conte helped Chelsea to the 2016/2017 Premier League title and the FA cup a season later before being sacked in 2018. With just a defeat in his first eleven games as Spurs manager, Conte next travels to West London with his Spurs side for a date against his former employers.

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Speaking ahead of the tie he said: “I think in my position, I mustn’t prove anything to anyone.

“I am a manager with experience and I have continued to do an important job in other teams.”

“It will be great to come back to Stamford Bridge. It’s the first time after I left Chelsea.

“What I can say is I spent two amazing seasons, I created a lot of friendships in the club. We did a really important, good job. I also enjoyed the work there.

“I have to tell thanks to Chelsea because they gave me the possibility to work in England. It will be good and emotional to come back to Stamford Bridge.

“But now I am the manager of Tottenham and I want to give this club 100 per cent.”

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