omelu Lukaku will be fined by Chelsea for his explosive interview, with Thomas Tuchel saying the striker’s “impatience” upon his stop-start return to the club has prompted him to speak out.
Lukaku has apologized to Tuchel, as well as club supporters and teammates, and will return to the squad for the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg first leg of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday at home against Tottenham.
The club’s record signing of £ 97.5million was dropped for the 2-2 draw with Liverpool for comments made in an interview given three weeks ago, in which he said he did was “not happy” with his partial role under Tuchel and spoke of the possibility of returning to Inter Milan.
Tuchel says Lukaku will have to accept a fine from the club for the unauthorized interview, with the Belgian earning around £ 250,000 a week.
“There will of course be disciplinary action and he will accept it, of course,” Tuchel said. “It happened what happened. It’s not a small thing, it’s not the biggest thing and it doesn’t make a comeback impossible, absolutely not.
“This is what we [will] prove it now, but something has happened and he will be fined and of course he has to accept it. “
In the interview with Sky Italia, Lukaku admitted his frustration with Tuchel’s tactics, but the head coach insisted he didn’t believe the striker was unhappy at Stamford Bridge and said that their relationship remained unchanged.
“I think it’s impatience more than anything,” Tuchel said. “He’s impatient. He wants a big chance. But he’s impatient and it’s hard for him to accept that sometimes the grass doesn’t grow faster when you pull it.
“As in every transfer, you have to accept that there is a change of environment, a change of city, a change of culture, club, team-mates, style of play and championship. He is not the one. first player to take time but while he was doing it he was still scoring and we were always in situations where we were adapting to each other.
“It’s our job to bring out the best in him. That’s what we do for every player. It doesn’t change whether the player is expensive or is a free agent or is old or young.
“So of course in the end it depends on the player. We can just help him realize his potential and that’s what we do. Sometimes it’s fast, sometimes it’s slow. Sometimes it’s a little easier.
“Everyone is doing their best – myself included – to harness the full potential and we always believe there is room for improvement.
“The most important thing is that he absolutely wants to do it. I feel a lot of impatience but I do not feel any misfortune, not at all.”
When asked if he told Lukaku to report any issues directly to him in the future, Tuchel replied, “Should I tell a 28-year-old that it would be better to come see me?
“That would assume he has a problem. Even though I read the interview a hundred times, I don’t see the problem. I don’t feel personally attacked.
“I don’t feel personally angry. Not at all. I thought it was more of a problem with the club and our supporters.
“And by that, all the players and everyone in the building who give their all for the club. I can understand that people are offended. Personally, I was not that much of a coach. That’s why I don’t see a so big change in our relationship.
The German said he was happy to have resolved the situation amicably and without any “political interference”.
“The way we handled it, Petr and Marina and I, very calm and very quick and very open, so easy to manage,” he said.
“It was absolutely good, I’m happy that we bought some time to calm things down, like between the relationship between the player, and the possibility also to hear the player and to try to understand him better. , and move on cheekily.
“The more the story went, the more I had a clear opinion and I was more than happy the club would go with it. I felt it was really good.
“I spoke clearly to the players. It’s not just about my feelings and my idea.
“This is our job and it was very nice to see that we have an open and very close relationship and that we can come up with very quick solutions without any political interference and without putting aside all the disrupting factors. Just isolate it. at the time and what’s better at the moment. From there, we went. It was very nice to be a part of it. “