Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku said he is not satisfied with manager Thomas Tuchel’s system and admitted that he would like to return to Inter Milan at some point in his career.
Lukaku left Inter in August and returned to Chelsea for a second season in a deal worth a club-record £ 97.5 million ($ 131.46 million).
“After two years in Italy, in which I worked a lot at Inter with coaches and nutritionists, I am physically fine. But I am not happy with the situation, this is normal,” Lukaku told Sky Italy.
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“I think the coach has chosen to play with another system, I just have to not give up and keep working and be a professional. I’m not happy with the situation, but I’m a worker and I shouldn’t give up.”
Sky did not say when the interview took place and did not elaborate on the “situation,” and the full interview will air on Friday.
Lukaku has either led the line or played alongside a fellow forward this season at Chelsea, but the Belgian international has missed nine games since October due to injury and COVID-19, scoring seven goals in all but one in competitions. each of the last two games.
Chelsea were at the top of the standings for several weeks, but are now in second place, eight points behind leader Manchester City after two wins in their last six matches.
Tuchel expressed frustration over his team’s injury crisis and some refereeing decisions on Wednesday after a 1-1 draw at home against Brighton & Hove Albion.
“It’s too much, sometime it’s too much,” Tuchel visibly tense told reporters after watching full-back Reece James limp with a hamstring injury before fellow defender Andreas Christensen left at halftime with a back problem.
“This is where we are and you have to adapt your demands to the situation you are in,” he said. “We need a full team for weeks and weeks, and then we can play a lot better.”
Lukaku revived his career at Inter, where he scored 64 goals in two seasons and won the Serie A title before his departure. The 28-year-old said he looked forward to meeting the club in the future.
“I really hope in the bottom of my heart to return to Inter, not at the end of my career, but at a good level to win more,” he said.
“I have always said that I have Inter in my heart, I will play there again, I really hope so. I am in love with Italy.”
Chelsea host Liverpool on Sunday with the Anfield club one point behind Tuchel’s team with one game less.