Romelu Lukaku ‘to be fined £417,000 by Chelsea’ as the club lay down the law over his bombshell interview… despite Thomas Tuchel insisting his intention was NOT to ‘create trouble’ after holding clear-the-air talks with the striker
- Romelu Lukaku conducted an explosive interview with Sky Italy last week
- The Belgium star expressed his unhappiness under Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea
- Tuchel dropped his £97.5million signing for their clash with Liverpool on Sunday
- Now Lukaku is set to receive a hefty fine from Blues officials over the interview
Chelsea are reportedly set to fine Romelu Lukaku £417,000 over his controversial Sky Italy interview despite the striker clearing the air with Thomas Tuchel.
Lukaku, 28, was dropped by Tuchel for the Blues’ clash with Liverpool on Sunday after hitting out at his manager and flirting with former club Inter Milan in a bombshell interview last week.
The Belgium star first revealed he is ‘unhappy’ with his current situation at Stamford Bridge, before also suggesting he did not want to leave Inter and return to Chelsea in the first place.
Chelsea are reportedly set to fine Romelu Lukaku £417,000 over his controversial interview
Tuchel has since confirmed an apology has been made, but Italian outlet La Repubblica claims Lukaku will still receive a €500,000 (£417,000) fine over the interview.
It will not be the first time a club has thrown the book at him, as he was also fined £400,000 by Manchester United for failing to report for training in 2019.
However, unlike at Old Trafford there appears to be a way back for Lukaku in west London.
Lukaku expressed his unhappiness at Chelsea in a bombshell Sky Italy interview last week
Thomas Tuchel says the striker has apologised, but he is still set to receive a hefty fine
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Tuchel insisted his £97.5million striker is keen to ‘clear up the mess’ he has created over the past week.
‘For me its important to understand the overall picture we have. Does it reflect (Lukaku’s) overall mood and attitude? Absolutely clear no,’ the Chelsea head coach said.
‘Was the intention to create trouble or leave the club, put pressure on the coach? Absolutely not.
‘Of course he should have known better, that’s why we have to clean it and clear the air together.
‘We need to be adult enough and mature enough to accept an apology and have a clear head to prepare the upcoming matches.
‘He is very aware of what happened and what he created and he feels the responsibility to clean the mess up – maybe we will have a bit of smell from it of course, but he can handle it and he has no other choice