Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel is set to hold crisis talks with Romelu Lukaku on Monday

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Thomas Tuchel is set to hold crisis talks with Romelu Lukaku on Monday after the Chelsea boss dropped the striker for clash against Liverpool following controversial interview

  • Manager Thomas Tuchel dropped Romelu Lukaku for clash against Liverpool 
  • The Belgian striker recently claimed he was not happy with his Chelsea situation
  • The Blues boss has now revealed he will hold crisis talks with Lukaku on Monday 
  • Chelsea will evaluate the situation before deciding if Lukaku will play next week 


Thomas Tuchel will hold crisis talks with Romelu Lukaku on Monday after the Chelsea boss axed the club’s record-signing for yesterday’s pulsating draw against Liverpool.

Lukaku was completely omitted from the match-day squad on Sunday as the fall-out from his unauthorised interview with Sky Sport Italy in which he confessed to being unhappy at Chelsea took a fresh twist.

Without the Belgium star the Blues were forced to come back from a 2-0 deficit to clinch a draw.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel  (right) will hold crisis talks with Romelu Lukaku (left) on Monday

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel  (right) will hold crisis talks with Romelu Lukaku (left) on Monday

Tuchel will now turn his attentions to a crunch meeting with his striker during which he will decide whether he is recalled for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup crunch against Tottenham.

When asked about the summit, Tuchel said: ‘First we need to evaluate the situation, not listen to media or pressure, understand what he said and why he said it.

‘Then we will take the decision if he is good to go for Wednesday.’

Tuchel said the club will evaluate the situation and make a decision if Lukaku will play on Wednesday in Chelsea's Carabao Cup crunch against Tottenham

Tuchel said the club will evaluate the situation and make a decision if Lukaku will play on Wednesday in Chelsea’s Carabao Cup crunch against Tottenham

Following the game at Stamford Bridge that saw Chelsea share the spoils with Liverpool, former Blues striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was adamant Lukaku needed to find a way back into the side.   

‘There has to be a way back as he’s an asset at the club,’ Hasselbaink said on Sky Sports. 

‘They’ve spent money, I don’t see a club giving them the same money back. 

‘So it’s an investment and you need to find a way back with Lukaku and he has to understand that these are the terms and way forward. 

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (above) insisted there had to be a way back for the Belgian at Chelsea

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (above) insisted there had to be a way back for the Belgian at Chelsea

‘You’ve come in as the main striker but you need to show you’re the main striker and show you’re in line with all the others.’ 

Hasselbaink’s co-pundit Graeme Souness said an apology – ‘and some’ – was vital for the striker to bounce back from his Chelsea exile. 

Souness said Lukaku needed to apologise ‘to everybody in the stadium’ on Sunday.

‘Firstly to his manager and his team-mates,’ he added. ‘To everyone else at Chelsea and all the supporters. 

‘He needs to hold his hands up and say for whatever reason I wasn’t in the right place and made a mistake. I apologise unreservedly. 

Graeme Souness (above) said an apology was vital for the striker to bounce back from exile

Graeme Souness (above) said an apology was vital for the striker to bounce back from exile

‘He’s lit a fire and one only he can put out.He’s got to find a way of saying sorry I got it wrong.’ 

Both Souness and Hasselbaink continued to insist the situation could only be resolved if Lukaku apologised to the dressing room for his comments as he cannot bully his way into a transfer. 

Souness said: ‘It’s a major decision for Chelsea. if he chooses not to apologise how can he come back into the dressing room. 

‘If he thinks he can force through a transfer, the person who owns this football club will not be pushed and bullied by any football player. 

‘If there was any player who could say sit in the reserves do what you want you ain’t going to Inter Milan or anywhere else you’re going to serve your time here and if they are going to burn £100m they will burn it. 

The forward returned to Stamford Bridge in summer on a £98m transfer from Inter Milan

The forward returned to Stamford Bridge in summer on a £98m transfer from Inter Milan

‘Other places would say sell him but not get anywhere near £100m for him. They’re in a very difficult place.’ 

Hasselbaink added: ‘He has to apologise. I think it comes to Abramovich if he’s staying and giving Tuchel the key to whatever he wants to do and that’s what wants to happen. 

‘We’re in beginning of January and he wants to leave . Club has put £100m for you and you wanted that transfer. 

‘He has to stay. What kind of club are you otherwise. You have to stay and know what the rules are.’

Jamie Carragher said he was not convinced Lukaku’s talk of returning to Inter Milan had any truth to it but still agreed that he had to take responsability for his comments. 

Jamie Carragher said the situation 'is not a big deal' and insisted Lukaku needed to apologise

Jamie Carragher said the situation ‘is not a big deal’ and insisted Lukaku needed to apologise

‘He will apologise he needs to say sorry in front of the lads,’ Carragher said. ‘Lukaku has history of doing these type of interviews. 

‘He’s never stayed long enough at a club to become a legend. He’s had a great career lots of goals, the interview is basically trying to pacify Inter Milan fans for the way he left. 

‘This talk about one day going back to Inter Milan I don’t know whether to believe it. I think he’s just trying to please Inter Milan fans. 

‘Obviously disappointed not being in the team right now. But I don’t think anyone would choose to play in Serie A right now over the Premier League. 

‘He just needs to apologise, it’s not that big a deal.’

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