Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was annoyed at Romelu Lukaku for bringing “noise” to his door after the striker’s controversial comments appeared on Thursday.
The Belgium international told Sky Sport Italia that he was “not happy” with his situation at Stamford Bridge and has concerns he doesn’t fit into Tuchel’s system at the Premier League club.
Lukaku also spoke of his desire to return to Inter Milan in the near future while he was still in his prime.
Lukaku said: “Physically I’m fine, even better than before. After two years in Italy, in which I worked a lot at Inter with trainers and nutritionists, I am physically fine.
“But I’m not happy with the situation, this is normal. I think the coach has chosen to play with another system, I just have to not give up and continue to work and be a professional.
“I am not happy with the situation, but I am a worker and I must not give up.”
Despite his comments, there have been reports that the interview was conducted several weeks ago and Lukaku has since talked through his differences with the manager.
However, Tuchel still criticised Lukaku at his pre-match press conference – ahead of their match with Liverpool on Sunday – with the Chelsea boss frustrated that Lukaku had brought unecessary “noise” to the club.
“Yeah we don’t like it because it brings noise that we don’t need, but on the other side we don’t want to make noise, it’s very easy to make headlines or shorten lines,” Tuchel told reporters on Friday.
“But I do not like it as it’s noise that we don’t need, we need a calm environment.
Tuchel on Romelu Lukaku sentences: “Let’s be honest – I don’t like it because it brings noise we don’t need. It’s easy to take lines out of context – of course I don’t like it, it’s noise we don’t need and it does not help”. 🔵 #CFC pic.twitter.com/BW2sPGHg1n
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“I don’t feel him unhappy, I feel the exact opposite so I’m surprised. If there is something [to talk about], it’s behind closed doors for sure.
“It’s very easy to take lines out of context to get the focus or to get the best out of these interviews for several days.
“If it’s from a player I totally understand the process, but still we are not here to just read the headlines, we can take the time to try to understand what is going on because it does not reflect the daily work, attitude and behaviour that Romelu shows at Cobham.
“We will [sit down to discuss with him] but we will do it behind closed doors and we will do it openly, so no further comment on that.”