Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku said he was unhappy with manager Thomas Tuchel’s system, while also admitting he would like to return to Serie A side Inter Milan at some point in his career.
Lukaku left Inter in August and returned to Chelsea for another stay in a deal for a club record £ 97.5 million ($ 131.46 million).
“After two years in Italy, where I worked a lot at Inter with coaches and nutritionists, I’m feeling good physically. But I’m not happy with the situation, it’s normal,” Lukaku told Sky Italy.
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“I think the coach has chosen to play with a different system, I just do not have to give up and continue working and be professional. I am not happy with the situation, but I am a worker and I must not give up . “
Sky did not say when the interview took place, and did not elaborate on the “situation,” with the entire interview aired on Friday.
Lukaku has either led the line or played alongside another striker this season at Chelsea, but the Belgian national team player has missed nine games since October due to injury and COVID-19 and scored seven goals in all tournaments but one in each of the last two matches.
Chelsea were at the top of the rankings for several weeks, but are now in second place, eight points behind leaders Manchester City after two wins in their last six games.
Tuchel expressed his frustration over his team’s injury crisis and some referee decisions on Wednesday after a 1-1 draw at home to Brighton & Hove Albion.
“It’s too much, at one point it’s too much,” a visibly strained Tuchel told reporters after watching wingback Reece James jump off with a hamstring injury before defender Andreas Christensen stepped out at the break with a back problem.
“This is where we are and you need to adapt your requirements to the situation you are in,” he said. “We need a full squad over weeks and weeks and then we can play much better.”
Lukaku revived his career at Inter, scoring 64 goals in two seasons and winning the Serie A title before retiring. The 28-year-old said he hoped to be reunited with the club in the future.
“I really hope in the depths of my heart to return to Inter, not at the end of my career, but at a still good level to hopefully win more,” he said.
“I’ve always said I have Inter in my heart, I want to come back to play there, I really hope so. I’m in love with Italy.”
Chelsea visit Liverpool on Sunday with the Anfield club one point behind Tuchel’s team with a match in hand.