Thomas Tuchel has admitted that he did not approve of Romelu Lukaku publicly saying that he was “not happy with the situation” at Chelsea.
Lukaku made headlines when an interview conducted several months ago with Sky Sports Italia circulated on Thursday. In quotes reported ahead of its full release on New Year’s Eve, the Belgian also admitted that he wanted to return to Inter in the future.
Asked about the striker’s comments before Chelsea’s match against Liverpool, Tuchel admitted that the story has been an unwelcome distraction at Stamford Bridge.
“Of course we do not like it. It makes noise that we do not need and it is not helpful. We do not want to do more of it than it actually is. It is easy to take lines out of context, shorten lines, create headlines and then realize that it’s not that bad, he says.
“I fully understand the process and that’s why it’s a lot of noise, not a little noise. But still we’re not here to read the headlines. We can take the time to try to understand what’s going on because it does. It does not reflect the daily work, attitude and behavior that Romelu shows here at Cobham. “
He added: “If you’re as big a player as Romelu, it’s always public. He should know what kind of value he has when he speaks out with messages like this. Everything is easier when we win.”
Tuchel went on to point out that although the harmony in the locker room may be lacking in Chelsea at the moment after some disappointing results, this is not always a bad thing.
“The dressing room may not always be in harmony,” he continued.
“Sometimes it’s good to be on the edge, in disharmony. With Romelu, I do not think anyone in this building is unaware that he is unhappy. I can see no reason why he should be like this. That’s all I do. can say.”
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