Romelu Lukaku’s lawyer reveals his relationship with Thomas Tuchel after Chelsea exit and Inter Milan loan
Romelu Lukaku’s lawyer has opened up on his Chelsea departure, discussing the Belgian’s relationship with Thomas Tuchel.
The 29-year-old sealed his return to Inter Milan on Wednesday, joining on a season-long loan after a disappointing season at Stamford Bridge.
The striker scored 15 goals during the season which was controversial off the pitch.
Lukaku arranged an unauthorized interview with Italian media in December, stating his dream of returning to Serie A in the future.
During the interview, Lukaku criticized the tactics deployed by Tuchel at Chelsea.
As cited by Siavoush Fallahi, Lukaku’s agent Sébastien Ledure has opened up about his departure.
Discussing the controversial interview, he admitted: “No, this interview was done from his heart and maybe it was clumsy and wrong. It was an initiative that he took on his own and that he probably won’t do it again.
“He suffered the consequences for the rest of the season and it made his daily working environment more difficult.”
The lawyer then went on to open up about Lukaku’s strained relationship with Tuchel, with the pair not sharing the same view of football.
“However, Romelu told me that he was 29 and at the peak of his career, he couldn’t afford to lose another year. It’s no secret for him and the coach does not share his views,” he continued.
It was previously revealed that Tuchel pranked his striker about his former boss Antonio Conte.
The German reportedly said: ‘There’s your daddy’ when Conte saw Lukaku as Chelsea took on Tottenham Hotspur last season, a joke which didn’t sit well with the Belgian.
Tuchel is already targeting several replacements for the Belgian this summer, with terms already agreed with Leeds United on a £55million move for Raphinha, while Raheem Sterling is also set to join the club.
Chelsea’s new owners are moving quickly as they look to rebuild the team ahead of a possible Premier League title challenge next season.
However, it’s the one Lukaku won’t be a part of as he’s on loan at Milan.
Lukaku’s lawyer went on to reveal that other clubs were interested in his client but would not release names.
“Big clubs whose names I can’t say wanted to sign Romelu, but that never happened because he decided early on that he wanted to join Inter. He spoke to the coach a lot as he said. had done with Antonio Conte in 2019, so he was sure they shared the same visions,” he said.
It remains to be seen what the future holds for club-record signing Chelsea, who will spend at least one season at Milan before the Blues have to decide on a more permanent solution.
The Blues are hoping to recoup much of the £97.5million paid for the Belgian at some point in the future.