Chelsea news: Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has been speaking about Romelu Lukaku after the Blues striker opened up on how he is feeling at Stamford Bridge right now
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel responded by criticising him for attracting “noise we don’t need” in the build-up to Sunday’s crunch Premier League game against Liverpool.
According to The Athletic, he has gone one step further by dropping Lukaku from the squad for the 4.30pm kick-off at Stamford Bridge.
Conte enjoyed a very successful relationship with Lukaku at Inter Milan, where they combined to win Serie A last season.
Antonio Conte has admitted that he still has “great affection” for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku after the forward’s controversial interview that was released earlier in the week.
The Belgium international, who flourished under Conte during their days at Inter Milan, recently spoke to media in Italy, where he admitted he was “not happy” with his current situation at the Blues, despite only re-signing for the club over the summer.
Lukaku also criticised manager Thomas Tuchel’s tactics, with the Chelsea boss responding by saying that it was unnecessary “noise” at the club right now
One man that does feel some sympathy for Lukaku, though, is Tottenham manager Conte – who spoke about his former striker after Spurs scored a late winner to beat Watford 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.
He told Sky Italia: “Physically I am fine, but I am not happy with the situation at Chelsea. Tuchel has chosen to play with another system.
“I won’t give up. I will be professional. I am not happy with the situation but I am professional and I cannot give up now.”
He added: “I think everything that happened last summer was not supposed to happen like this… how I left Inter, the way I left the club, how I communicated with the Inter fans – this bothers me because it was not the right time
Now it’s the right time to share my feelings. I have always said that I have Inter in my heart: I know I will return to Inter, I really hope so
I am in love with Italy, this is the right moment to talk and let people know what really happened. I really hope from the bottom of my heart to return to Inter not at the end of my career, but when I am still at the top level to win more together.
“I want to apologise to the Inter fans, the timing of my words was wrong: what you did for me will remain forever
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