Chelsea has handed Romelu Lukaku a 325,000 pound fine following his recent comments about his situation at the club and his criticism of Thomas Tuchel’s tactics.
Meanwhile, Lukaku has had to issue a public apology via Chelsea’s official website, after declaring that he was unhappy at the Blues following his summer move from Serie A champions Inter.
Physically I am fine, but I am not happy with the situation at Chelsea,” Lukaku told Sky Italia.
“Tuchel has chosen to play with another system. I am not happy and it is normal. The only thing I can do is not give up and continue as a professional.”
Lukaku’s public apology
Chelsea uploaded on their official website an interview featuring the Belgium international, who apologised to the club’s fans, his teammates and his coach for his behaviour, while also expressing his desire to win them back soon.
“To the fans, I’m sorry for the upset that I caused,” Lukaku said.
“You guys know the connection that I have with this club since my teenage years, so I totally understand you guys being upset.
“Obviously, it’s up to me now to restore your trust and I’ll do my best to show commitment every day on the training ground and in the games, trying to make sure that we win games.
“And also to the manager, I apologise, and also to my teammates and the board, because I think it was not the right moment.
“I want to move forward from this and make sure that we start winning football games and that I perform for the team in the best manner.”
Tuchel’s comments on the Lukaku issue
Meanwhile, Tuchel has stressed that his striker is aware of the consequences following his public comments and indicated that Lukaku is keen to make up for his mistake.
“He is very aware of what happened and what he created,” Tuchel said.
“He feels the responsibility to clean the mess up. Maybe we will have a bit of smell from it still, of course.
“He can handle it. He has no choice. He cannot expect now everybody to be super happy the very next day.
“I don’t feel personally attacked. I thought it was more an issue towards the club and towards our supporters.
And by that, all the players and everybody in the building who gives everything for the club. I can understand that people are offended.
“Let’s say the spotlight got a bit brighter on him now. We have to deal with it and we should not talk around it. It’s like this now.”