Tuchel hails ‘close relationship’ with Chelsea board amid Lukaku saga

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Thomas Tuchel puts his arm around Romelu Lukaku

Thomas Tuchel has opened up on his “close relationship” with the Chelsea board, confirming that Romelu Lukaku will be fined for his recent controversial interview.

Club-record signing Lukaku apologised for revealing his unhappiness at Chelsea in an interview released last Thursday but conducted three weeks prior.

The £98million summer recruit was omitted from Sunday’s 2-2 Premier League draw with Liverpool, but is now back in training and in contention for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Tottenham.

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Tuchel believes Lukaku did not intend to cause such widespread damage and is determined to “clean the mess up”, but also lifted the lid on his tight-knit working relationship with Chelsea’s board.

Chelsea managers always come off worse amid disharmony with the board, but Tuchel has forged robust links to directors Petr Cech and Marina Granovskaia.

And now that hard work and cooperative spirit appears to have borne fruit, with Tuchel receiving vindication for his strong stance.

“There will be some discipline actions of course and he will accept it; what happened happened,” said Tuchel.

“It’s not a small thing but it’s not the biggest thing. And it does not make a comeback impossible, absolutely not. This is what we’ve proved now.

“Something happened, he will be fined and of course he needs to accept it.

“It’s not about I push my opinions through or the club pushes their opinions through, we are adults and we reflect the situation.

“The more the story went on I had a clear opinion and I was happy that was OK with the club to go with it.

“And I had a feeling it was really OK, as I also spoke to the other players.

“We have a very open, close relationship and we can find very quick solutions, without any political interference, putting every disturbing factor aside and just looking at the issue isolated on the moment and from there we went.

“And it was very nice to be a part of it. Between Petr, Marina and me it was very calm, very quick and very open.”