Romelu Lukaku is back at Inter Milan on a season-long deal from Chelsea. Signed for a club record fee last summer, Lukaku only scored 15 goals for the Blues and failed to make a positive impact with the club.
Thomas Tuchel opened up on the failed move and spoke of Lukaku’s exit: “I’m unhappy that we couldn’t bring more out of him.
“Maybe it would have just taken a bit more time. A bit more fitness a bit more, like, stiffness and adaption in our game. Who knows? But we will now not find out.
“Once Romelu gave his clear opinion on the situation and there was a solution on the table the owners made their choice and had my blessing.
“But there was never a meeting where I said, ‘I want this guy out’. Never.
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“I was always clear: if he stays we will do everything to put him in a better place, to put him in better shape, to improve my style of coaching, our style of playing, to make him a better fit.
“It was always a possibility he stayed but Romelu made it very clear he wants to leave and the owners took the decision straight away.”
While Lukaku is on a loan with Inter, Tuchel’s words: “We will now not find out” possibly suggest that the striker’s deal will be made permanent next summer.
Chelsea have signed Raheem Sterling so far and are looking to add one more attacker in the squad to bolster their attack.