Saturday, September 9, 2023

Mauricio Pochettino confirms Romelu Lukaku’s Chelsea career is over

Mauricio Pochettino, the manager of the team, has confirmed that Romelu Lukaku’s time at Chelsea has come to an end. Lukaku, a 30-year-old striker, rejoined the club in 2021 for a record-breaking £97.5 million deal from Inter Milan. However, Lukaku’s performance on the field often left fans frustrated, as he only managed to score eight goals in the Premier League during his first season back. Last season, Lukaku went back to Inter on loan but struggled to regain his previous form, which led to Chelsea’s decision to let him go permanently.

As Lukaku seeks a move away from the club, he has not traveled with the rest of the Chelsea squad for their tour of the US. Pochettino explained that this decision was made collectively by the club and the player, as they are both working hard to find the best solution. It appears that Lukaku’s desire to leave is supported by the club, and they are acting accordingly.

Initially, it seemed likely that Lukaku would return to Inter Milan on a permanent deal. However, it was revealed that Lukaku’s advisors had secret talks with Juventus, which caused Inter to withdraw from the race to sign him. The situation surrounding Lukaku’s future remains uncertain, but it is clear that his time at Chelsea has come to an end.
Mauricio Pochetino has confirmed that striker Romelu Lukaku’s Chelsea career is over following the team’s preseason friendly against Chelsea in Minneapolis.

The 21-year-old Belgian forward has been a regular performer since signing from Anderlecht for £17 million during the 2011-12 season but tensions have been rising between both the player and club with the Blues often absent from the starting line-up in both Premier League and Champions League games.

Chelsea manager José Mourinho had publically claimed that “Lukaku had to work harder to be on the team” following his disappointing performances in the season and dropped him completely from the first team squad.

Lukaku was loaned out to West Brom during the 2013-14 season, for whom he scored seventeen times, also starting all five of their matches against Chelsea.

Pochettino was asked about the future of the player following the friendly and gave a simple response; “Romelu will not return to Chelsea,” he said.

Discussions between Tottenham and Chelsea could begin with the Blues likely to receive a sizeable sum in return for Lukaku.

Tottenham have been tracking the Belgium international for some time and the potential new signing adds to the already exciting crop of attacking talent at the club and is likely to improve the side’s ambitions for the upcoming season.

Whatever the outcome, it appears that Lukaku’s Chelsea career is over and a new chapter awaits for him in the Premier League.

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