Romelu Lukaku raised quite a few eyebrows following his big-money move from Inter Milan in the summer. His promising start to his Premier League return even got the fans excited about their chances of competing for the Premier League title.
In recent weeks, he has once again become the talk of the town, but for completely different reasons, as his comments about returning to Inter Milan sparked a major backlash. In an explosive interview with Sky Italia, the forward suggested that he wishes to rejoin the club in the future while expressing his unhappiness towards Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel.
Lukaku’s comments was enough to upset a series of Chelsea fans while Inter fan groups issued a brutal response themselves, suggesting he is not welcome at San Siro anymore. As for Tuchel, he notably left the Belgian out of the team that faced Liverpool, which fueled serious speculations regarding the player’s immediate future at Stamford Bridge.
However, Lukaku has recently released an official statement, clarifying his comments about Inter while apologising to the Chelsea supporters.
“To the fans I’m sorry for the upset that I’ve caused,” Lukaku told Chelsea’s website. “Obviously it’s up to me now to restore your trust, and I’ll do my best every day to show commitment on the training ground and in games to make sure we win games.
And also to the manager, my teammates and the board, I apologise, because I think it was not the right moment, also. And I want to move forward from this and make sure that we start winning football games and make sure that I start performing for the team in the best manner,” he added.
“I think I should have been much clearer in my message to be honest,” said Lukaku. The interview was about saying goodbye to the Inter fans, it was not about trying to disrespect the (Chelsea) fans, the football club, the owner, my teammates, the technical staff. Because they made a lot of efforts for me to come back here and I wanted to come back here.”
The Belgian went on to reiterate that Chelsea remains his dream club and he is looking forward to a successful spell upon his return to Stamford Bridge. “So for me I came here when I was 18 it didn’t go so well. Now I’m back at 28 in the prime years of my career – I can’t really mess this up,” said the striker.
It remains to be seen how Chelsea fans respond to Lukaku’s apology, but it appears the minor rift between the player and the club management has now been clarified, with the 28 year old looking forward to the upcoming matches. The striker is expected to be involved in the action when Chelsea lock horns with Tottenham Hotspur later tonight when he will be up against his former Inter manager in Antonia Conte.