Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has apologized to the club’s supporters for making ill-advised comments in an interview with Italian media, which resulted in his omission from the team’s draw with Liverpool.
The Belgian became Chelsea’s record signing when he returned to the club in the summer on a five-year deal worth £97.5 million making his return from Inter. He has, however, struggled at times this season, going on a seven-game losing streak before being sidelined by injury and Covid-19.
Lukaku revealed his dissatisfaction with his adaptation to Thomas Tuchel’s tactical system and confessed his love for former club Inter, even going so far as to say he would like to return to San Siro while still at his peak in an interview with Sky Italia conducted weeks ago but only broadcast last week.
With Chelsea in the midst of a poor run of form and losing ground in the title race, the candid but ill-timed interview sparked outrage behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge, prompting Tuchel to bench the 28-year-old for Sunday’s key Premier League meeting against Liverpool – a match that finished 2-2.
On Tuesday, the head coach revealed that Lukaku apologized to him and his teammates, and that evening, Chelsea released their own interview with the player, in which he used the chance to repay the club’s support.
“To the fans I’m sorry for the upset that I’ve caused,” he said. “You guys know the connection that I’ve had with this club since my teenage years. I totally understand you guys being upset.
“Obviously it’s up to me now to restore your trust and I’ll do my best, show commitment every day on the training ground and in games, trying to make sure that we win games.
“Also to the manager I apologise, and to my teammates and the board, because it was not the right moment, and I want to move from this and make sure we start winning football games and that I’m performing for the team in the best manner.”