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    ROMELU LUKAKU is the latest striker to fall foul of Chelsea's No9 curse. When Tammy Abraham left the Blues for Roma, the famous number that has undone many a world class centre forward at Stamford Bridge came up for grabs. 13 13£97.5million singing Romelu Lukaku was given the No9 shirt and took it with glee 13However, Lukaku ended up falling foul of No9 curse and flopped at Stamford BridgeCredit: Getty 13In the Premier League Lukaku managed just eight goals It was taken with glee by the £97.5million signing Romelu Lukaku - with big things expected of him. However, just like his predecessors - the giant Belgium forward flopped. In all competitions, he managed a very disappointing 15 goals in 44 games. Lukaku was put out of his Stamford Bridge misery and sent to Inter Milan on loan in a £7million deal, although there is no obligation to buy. Read more in sportChelsea news Rabiot and Militao LATEST, Kounde transfer boost as Barcelona PULL OUT Ironically, previous incumbent Abraham is now flying in Serie A - setting a scoring record in...
    THOMAS TUCHEL has made the extraordinary claim that the Chelsea No 9 is ‘cursed’ and that none of his players want to touch it. The Blues kick off their season at Everton tonight without any squad member assigned the traditional centre-forward’s number and with no plans to bring in a new striker to fill the vacancy. 4Raheem Sterling chose to wear No17... despite the nine being availableCredit: Getty 4Thomas Tuchel admitted Chelsea players are convinced the shirt is cursed after Romelu Lukaku's strugglesCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun 4Chelsea's cursed No 9 shirt in numbers Romelu Lukaku, last year’s £97.5million record buy, has been loaned back to Inter Milan after becoming the latest big name to flop in the No 9 shirt, with the Belgian scoring just eight Premier League goals last term. During Roman Abramovich’s 19-year reign at Stamford Bridge, the Blues signed SEVEN big-name strikers who wore nine on their backs — and all of them bombed. Lukaku, Fernando Torres, Alvaro Morata, Gonzalo Higuain, Radamel Falcao, Hernan Crespo and Mateja Kezman all arrived in West London with glowing reputations, yet...
    ROMELU LUKAKU looks to be in sublime shape as he prepares to begin his second spell with Inter Milan. The 28-year-old Belgian returned to the Serie A giants on loan this summer after just one season back at Chelsea. 2Lukaku is preparing for the start of his second spell with Inter MilanCredit: Getty 2And the Belgian forward looks to be in tremendous shape ahead of the new seasonCredit: Getty Lukaku failed to hit the ground running during his second stint with the Blues, netting just 15 goals in 44 appearances. But he appears to have been putting in the work to return to top form in Italy after training pictures emerged of him looking trimmed down and lean. Lukaku's body shape has been known to fluctuate during his career and he admitted himself that he was too muscly while at Manchester United. But he is currently looking incredibly trim just over one week out from the beginning of the Serie A season. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLCHELSEA LATEST Blues near £50m agreement for Marc Cucurella, Wesley Fofana £84m price tag Inter...
    THOMAS TUCHEL has suggested that Romelu Lukaku is unlikely to ever play for Chelsea again. The Belgian returned to Stamford Bridge for £97.5million last summer to much fanfare, only to be shipped back to Inter Milan on loan less than 12 months later. 2Romelu Lukaku is unlikely to play for Chelsea againCredit: AFP Lukaku, 29, will still have three years left on his lucrative £325,000-a-week contract at Stamford Bridge. Despite this, Tuchel doesn't believe there is likely to be a way back for Chelsea's former No9. Speaking from the Blues' pre-season tour of the US, the German told Sky Sports: "Given the fact he's just on loan, of course there's a chance. "I don't know if it's very likely, but it's not on me to give an outlook on that. There is a chance for it." Read More Chelsea StoriesBLUES LATEST Thomas Tuchel targets Kimpembe & Ake NEXT, Koulibaly MEDICAL in London Chelsea have replaced Lukaku, who scored just eight Prem goals last season, with £47.5m Manchester City star Raheem Sterling. Explaining the decision to let the former Manchester United...
    ROMELU LUKAKU looked a new man in his first training session back with Inter Milan. The striker appeared full of joy and relief after 'coming home' on loan following his nightmare move to Chelsea. 4Lautaro Martinez chats with returning strike partner Romelu LukakuCredit: Getty 4Romelu Lukaku seemed at peace as he stepped up his return to Inter by training at the Suning Training CentreCredit: Getty 4Belgium frontman Romelu Lukaku is back where he wanted, Inter Milan, after his season of woe at ChelseaCredit: Getty Lukaku looked up to the sky, smiling broadly, drinking in his return. Chelsea's record £97.5million buy then chatted intently with Lautaro Martinez as they prepare to renew their partnership up front. Lukaku, 29, relished the familiar surroundings at Como as he took a full part in training. The Belgium hero is back with Inter in a £7million one-year temporary deal, just ten months after leaving for Stamford Bridge. READ MORE IN SPORTGET YOUR GOSS Cristiano Ronaldo to Chelsea LATEST, Barcelona confirm £34m Lewandowski bidFree bets! The best free bets and sign up offers available from our bookmaker partners...
    CHELSEA flop Romelu Lukaku has expressed his delight at returning to Inter Milan as he closes in on a loan switch. The £97.5million striker will link up with the San Siro outfit just a year after departing with the Serie A giants agreeing a £6.9m season-long loan fee. 2Romelu Lukaku is back in Italy as he nears his return to Inter Milan on loanCredit: @DAZN_IT 2Chelsea striker Lukaku is now set to undergo his medical before his loan switch is officially announcedCredit: @DAZN_IT Club CEO Giuseppe Marotta has already confirmed that the ex-Manchester United man is set to sign. Lukaku, 29, arrived in Italy on Wednesday morning to undergo his Inter medical before his return is officially announced. He has been filmed holding up a black and blue Nerazzurri scarf as he proudly posed for the camera. And the Belgium international, who is understood to have taken a pay cut in order to join Inter, can't wait to get back firing for Simone Inzaghi's men. READ MORE ON CHELSEABLUES LATEST Chelsea 'agree fee' for Raphinha, Sterling also targeted in £105m swoop In a...
    INTER MILAN CEO Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed Romelu Lukaku's return to Inter Milan following his Stamford Bridge nightmare. Chelsea have agreed a one-year loan with the Serie A side worth just under £7million. 2Inter Milan chief Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed Romelu Lukaku's return will be completed in a matter of daysCredit: Getty 2The striker is set to join Inter on a one-year loan deal after a torrid season at Stamford BridgeCredit: Getty And Marotta, 65, is "happy to bring Lukaku home" less than a year after the striker was sold to the Blues for a mammoth £97.5m. The Inter chief revealed Lukaku's loan move is set to be confirmed in the coming days. Marotta said, via Goal: "We have to thank the availability of the presidency and the owners. "I hope it can be closed, not in a few hours, but a few days." Read More On ChelseaBLUES LATEST Chelsea ready to make £50million Sterling bid, Petr Cech QUITS Blues role He added: "We cannot make it official yet. He is a returning player who has done very...
    ROMELU LUKAKU was reportedly moved to tears when he found out that Inter Milan had struck a deal with Chelsea to re-sign him on loan. The striker, 29, is set to return to Italy just one year after joining Chelsea for a huge £97.5million fee. 1Lukaku was moved to tears when his agent told him that Chelsea and Inter had struck a dealCredit: PA Things did not work out for him at Stamford Bridge last season. He scored just eight goals in 26 Premier League appearances and quickly fell out-of-favour with Chelsea fans after revealing that he REGRETTED his move to London in an unauthorised interview. Lukaku had clearly stated that he would like to leave Chelsea and return to Inter, where he enjoyed a successful spell from 2019 to 2021. And his wish was finally granted when the two clubs came to an agreement on Tuesday. Read More on ChelseaChelsea news Chelsea in Kounde boost as Barcelona pull out, Blues 'turned down' Mbappe The deal will see Inter Milan pay a £7m loan fee for his services. According to...
    WILL Chelsea's No9 curse now finally end? With Tammy Abraham leaving the Blues for Roma, the famous number that has undone many a world class centre forward at Stamford Bridge is up for grabs. 13 13New £97.5million singing Romelu Lukaku is expected to be handed the No9 shirt 13Chelsea's new signing Romelu Lukaku follows a string of expensive flops New £97.5million signing Romelu Lukaku is expected to be handed the shirt, although it's worth saying Abraham didn't do too much wrong in it. However, plenty of big-name buys before him have struggled in the Premier League era. And some of them weren't even forwards. CHRIS SUTTON, 1999-2000 In 1999, Sutton moved to West London from Blackburn for a then mega £10million. He had made a name for himself at Norwich, then won the title with Blackburn so he had pedigree. However, he struggled with the burden of the price tag and style of play - scoring just three goals in 39 games. Sutton was sold the following summer to Celtic for £6m, where he found his form again. 13Chris Sutton...
    INTER MILAN chief Alessandro Antonello has revealed there is a "great desire on the part of" Chelsea flop Romelu Lukaku to return to the club. Lukaku left Inter last summer to return to Chelsea for a club record transfer fee having helped them win the Scudetto. 2Chelsea are open to letting Lukaku leave the club this summerCredit: Getty 2The 29-year-old could return to Inter, where he won the ScudettoCredit: Getty The Belgian, 29, netted 24 goals in Inter's title-winning campaign, and formed a formidable partnership with Lautaro Martinez. However, Lukaku struggled to adapt back into life in London and struggled with his form on the pitch. The forward also didn't help himself as he landed himself in hot water with Chelsea and it's fans for an unauthorised interview. In the interview with Italian TV, Lukaku claimed to be unhappy with his situation at Stamford Bridge and also vowed to return to Inter. READ MORE ON CHELSEAChelsea news Lukaku 'desperate' to return to Inter, Chelsea Prem fixtures CONFIRMED And his return to the San Siro could happen sooner rather...
    ROMELU LUKAKU is reportedly closing in on a return to Inter Milan from Chelsea. The striker has informed Blues chiefs that he has his heart set on a move back to Italy after a disastrous season at Stamford Bridge. 1Chelsea and Inter Milan are set for direct talks over a loan deal for Romelu LukakuCredit: Getty And the two clubs are now set for face-to-face talks as they aim to wrap up a deal as soon as possible. Lukaku has been pining for a reunion with Inter for months after going off the boil in London. The Belgian is ready to take a 50 per cent pay cut to force through a move. But Inter are unable to afford a permanent deal and want Chelsea to accept a loan offer. READ MORE SUN STORIESChelsea news Lukaku handed Chelsea exit BLOW, Blues 'will move for Ait-Nouri' Fabrizio Romano claim the Blues are receptive to Lukaku’s exit. However, they want a £17m loan fee or a player in exchange, with the likes of Lautaro Martinez and Alessandro Bastoni admired by Thomas Tuchel....
    ROMELU LUKAKU has reportedly emerged as a key transfer target for Tottenham. The striker, 29, is expected to leave Chelsea this summer - just one year after re-joining the club for an eyewatering £97.5million fee. 1Lukaku could leave Chelsea this summerCredit: Alamy His form has been far from prolific this season, with 15 goals in 44 appearances across all competitions. He has also fallen out-of-favour with many Chelsea fans. But he could be handed another chance in the Premier League as Tottenham have emerged as potential bidders. According to Corrire Dello Sport, Antonio Conte will attempt to convince the Chelsea star to join Spurs. Read More on ChelseaBLUES NEWS Inter Milan 'CANNOT AFFORD' Lukaku, Dembele transfer 'takes off'Free bets! The best free bets and sign up offers available from our bookmaker partners The Italian worked with Lukaku for two years while managing Inter Milan, so the prospect of a reunion could be appealing for both parties. Conte and his staff are looking to build a squad that will challenge for the Premier League title next season, and they believe that...
    ROMELU LUKAKU has refused to be drawn on transfer links away from Chelsea. The Belgian is currently on international duty, and is set to take on the Netherlands in the Nations League tonight. 2Romelu Lukaku has reported for international dutyCredit: Getty Speaking to the press ahead of the match, Lukaku was asked about rumours that he is willing to take a pay cut to leave the Blues and return to Inter Milan. The 29-year-old wouldn't clear up speculation, however, saying: "I can't talk about the future." Lukaku has been linked with the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich this summer. But the forward reportedly has his heart set on an Inter return. Read More Chelsea StoriesTRY HIS LUK Romelu Lukaku 'willing to take £3m-a-year PAY CUT for dream Inter move' It's claimed that the £97.5m ace is willing to accept a similar salary to what he was previously on at Inter, worth around £125,000-a-week. This would see him earn around £200k-a-week less than he does at Stamford Bridge. Lukaku has also been linked with a shock reunion with former Inter...
    ROMELU LUKAKU is a reported doubt for Belgium's Nations League clash with Netherlands after he was clouted by Simon Mignolet in training on Wednesday. The Chelsea striker, 29, was left in a heap on the floor in agony after he challenged the ex-Liverpool goalie in the air for the ball during a session. 2Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet challenges Romelu Lukaku in trainingCredit: Avalon.red 2Lukaku us left in agony after he was clattered by MignoletCredit: Pacific Coast News Physios rushed onto the pitch to treat the Blues star as he laid on the ground in agony. According to reports, the giant Belgian forward injured his ankle in the incident. He was forced to sit out training today, with Belgium manager Roberto Martinez left sweating about his fitness for the match. So far, the Belgium FA have yet to release a comment - and Lukaku hasn't left the camp. Read more in footballBLUES NEWS Rudiger JOINS Real Madrid, Chelsea 'confident of £50m Kounde deal' It caps what has been a miserable time for Lukaku, who looks set to leave Stamford Bridge. The...
    INTER MILAN striker Lautaro Martinez is reportedly on Chelsea's radar with the Serie A side desperate to bring Romelu Lukaku back to the San Siro. Belgian centre-forward Lukaku is facing an uncertain future at Stamford Bridge just a year after joining on a £97.5million deal. 2Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku could be heading back to Inter Milan this summerCredit: Getty 2Inter centre-forward Lautaro Martinez is understood to be on the Blues' radarCredit: Getty It is understood that the 29-year-old, who was the Blues' top scorer in the 2021-22 season with 15 goals in all competitions, is keen to re-join Inter. A loan deal could be on the cards with the Nerazzurri unwilling to match the player's £325,000-a-week salary. Chelsea are said to be prepared to subsidise some of his wages as they look to offload the ex-Everton ace. Lukaku is seen as a top 'priority' and 'primary need' for Inter according to Calciomercato as they state that the Italian side will meet with his representatives on Tuesday. READ MORE ON CHELSEABLUES NEWS Chelsea want Ousmane Dembele, Kounde 'to be first Todd...
    ROMELU LUKAKU'S agent will sit down for talks over his client's future with the new Chelsea owners and admitted there have been "problems" this season. The £97million striker, 29 today, has endured a rough first campaign since heading back to Stamford Bridge from Inter Milan. 2Romelu Lukaku has not had the best of times under Thomas Tuchel this seasonCredit: Getty 2Todd Boehly watched Lukaku score twice against Wolves and is set to take over as Blues ownerCredit: AP Links with a stunning transfer return to Serie A are already surfacing - with Inter and AC Milan circling ahead of possible swoops while Barcelona may also be keen. But with Todd Boehly's £4.25billion consortium expected to complete a takeover of the Blues in the coming weeks, Federico Pastorello is keen to discuss all things Lukaku with the American billionaire. Asked about the Belgian heading back to Italy, Pastorello told La Repubblica: "He has the club and the fans in his heart, he has never hidden it, like his love for Anderlecht where he would like to end his career....
    BARCELONA have turned their attention towards Chelsea flop Romelu Lukaku, according to reports. The Catalan giants are eyeing a rebuild under manager and club legend Xavi. 1Lukaku is being tracked by BarcaCredit: GETTY And bolstering the frontline is a one of the priorities this summer. The club had tried to sound out moves for Bundesliga duo Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski. But Barca were not financially able meet the demands for Borussia Dortmund star Haaland and Bayern Munich turned down their approach for Lewandowski. And now according to Sport, Barca have now turned their attention towards big money Chelsea flop Lukaku. READ MORE ON CHELSEABLUES NEWS Todd Boehly named as preferred Chelsea bidder despite late Jim Ratcliffe offerFree bets! The best free bets and sign up offers available from our bookmaker partners The Belgian is said to be unhappy at Stamford Bridge and Barca chiefs Mateu Alemany and Jordi Cruyff have already met with the player's representative, Federico Pastorello. But considering Chelsea signed Lukaku for a club record fee, Barca may also struggle to meet the Blues' financial demands. There...
    ROMELU LUKAKU'S season suffered another miserable turn as the Chelsea striker was booed when he came on as a sub on his return to old club Manchester United. Lukaku replaced Kai Havertz on 70 minutes, with Christian Pulisic instantly coming on for Timo Werner, as Blues' boss Thomas Tuchel showed his frustration during the 1-1 Premier League draw. 2Chelsea sub Romelu Lukaku harries Man Utd midfielder Scott McTominayCredit: Reuters 2Romelu Lukaku was jeered by Man Utd fans when he replaced Kai Havertz in the Premier League clash on Thursday nightCredit: Getty Marcos Alonso had volleyed Chelsea in front on the hour but Cristiano Ronaldo levelled - emphatically - almost at once. And as Tuchel took action, poor Lukaku received a hostile reception from home supporters. His Old Trafford spell from 2017-19 was barely more convincing than his current stint at Stamford Bridge. And although Chelsea looked the hungrier side late on, it was wing-back Reece James who went closest to the winner they deserved - hitting the bar. Read more top storiesMan Utd 1 Chelsea 1 Ronaldo rescues point for...
    TWITTER blasted Romelu Lukaku's "hall of shame performance" as the Chelsea striker endured another terrible night in blue. The £97million man got the nod for the 4-2 London derby defeat against Arsenal. 8Romelu Lukaku struggled to have any impact on the game against ArsenalCredit: Reuters 8 But he was totally anonymous throughout his 60 minutes on the pitch. And fans on social media were quick to criticise the under-firing flop, who is still stuck on just five Premier League goals this term. One said: "Lukaku worst signing of the season? Gotta be." Another wrote: "Lukaku is so poor." READ MOREBLUES NEWS Chelsea vs Arsenal build-up, Tuchel BLASTS Arteta's fixture comments A third added: "Another hall of shame performance from Lukaku. £100m. What an utter embarrassment, doesn’t even try." And a further user commented: "If you look in Lukaku’s pocket, you’ll find Lukaku. That’s how bad he is at the moment." Lukaku managed just 22 touches in his hour-long display. By comparison, Thiago Silva had racked up 20 by the time the striker came off - and the Brazilian...
    INTER MILAN have reportedly performed a U-turn in their transfer stance over Romelu Lukaku. Gazzetta claims San Siro chiefs are no longer ruling out the possibility of a stunning return this summer. 1Inter Milan have performed a U-turn and are ready to re-sign Romelu LukakuCredit: Getty That’s after Lukaku reportedly spent last week ringing Inter players and executives in a bid to boost his chances of a Chelsea exit. The Belgian striker, 28, has endured a nightmare season at Stamford Bridge. Thomas Tuchel splashed out a club-record £97.5million to secure Lukaku’s second Chelsea spell in August. But the ex-Man United attacker has scored just FIVE league goals this season, leaving the Blues’ title challenge stuck in first gear. READ MORE ON CHELSEABLUES NEWS Haaland 'AGREES £500,000-a-week Man City deal', Tuchel SLAMS Lukaku's fitness The injury-prone flop - who was derided for missing an open goal in Sunday’s FA Cup win against Crystal Palace - is now a regular figure on Chelsea’s bench. And Chelsea fans still haven’t forgiven Lukaku for his controversial Sky Italia interview at Christmas, in which he...
    JOE COLE has warned Romelu Lukaku he has just SIX WEEKS to save his Chelsea career. That’s after the club-record £97.5million striker missed a point-blank chance in the Blues’ 2-0 FA Cup semi-final win over Crystal Palace. 2Romelu Lukaku has been warned he has just six weeks to save his Chelsea careerCredit: Getty 2Joe Cole believes Lukaku must improve quickly after squandering an easy chance against Crystal PalaceCredit: BT Sport Lukaku, 28, was named on the bench for Sunday’s clash at Wembley after recovering from an Achilles injury. The Belgian has failed to impress since his return to Stamford Bridge from Inter Milan last summer, managing just five league goals. And Lukaku fluffed his lines once again after coming off the bench late on against Palace. With Chelsea already 2-0 up thanks to goals from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount, Lukaku was played through on goal by strike partner Timo Werner. READ MORE SUN STORIESBLUES NEWS Blues land FA Cup final spot, Haaland transfer BOOST - takeover latestNEW LOOK Chelsea clash with Man Utd moved after reaching FA Cup final...
    ROMELU LUKAKU is back in training with Chelsea - just in time to help revive his flagging season. The Belgian has missed the last two games because of an Achilles injury as well as a dip in form. 1Lukaku is back in training ahead of Chelsea's FA Cup semi-final against Crystal PalaceCredit: GETTY But he joined the squad in a full session yesterday and could be fit for Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace. The Cup is Chelsea’s last shot at a trophy this season and comes just five days after the club was left heartbroken by their exit from the Champions League quarter finals. The 5-4 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid means Chelsea must now finish in the top four of the Premier League this season to play in Europe’s top competition again next term. Lukaku has played just 41 minutes of football during the last four matches and has been bugged by the ankle problem for a couple of weeks. READ MORE ON CHELSEABLUES NEWS Bidding reaches 'around £3bn' with 'three bidders to make cash-only offers' The...
    HE has turned into the striker Manchester United thought they had signed - and was the one that failed to set Old Trafford alight. Romelu Lukaku lost the bulk and the brawn, but none of the goalscoring ability that lay dormant at Old Trafford. 5 Lukaku looks much slimmer around the midsection at Inter than he did at Man Utd - and it was down to a 'malfunction' in his digestive system The numbers speak for themselves. He was the fastest to reach 20 goals for Inter Milan, needing just 29 games, after he signed in 2019 from United. MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for all the latest on the Red Devils For comparison, the great Brazilian Ronaldo needed 31 matches, Hernan Crespo 36 and Christian Vieri 38 to reach the same mark. In the 44 games he played last season he scored 30 goals, helping Inter to their first Serie A title in 11 years, winning the league's MVP award in doing so. And was all been done by shedding more than half a stone in just 12 days....
    ROMELU LUKAKU 'does not like his situation' at Chelsea, confirms boss Thomas Tuchel. The Belgian has seen his minutes limited in recent weeks, with Kai Havertz often preferred up top. 2Romelu Lukaku has often been on the bench in recent weeksCredit: Rex Lukaku was most notably left out of Tuchel's starting XI for the recent League Cup final defeat to Liverpool. Ahead of tomorrow night's clash with Norwich, Tuchel was asked if Lukaku had to be managed 'carefully'. He replied: "Yes, of course, it is not easy at the moment for him but he is a member of the team – an important member of the team. "There are other players at certain times who are not happy because the biggest problem is we can only start 11 players and lot of players think – and have a reason – to feel they are regular starters for us. "There’s always a chance [for Lukaku] because Kai can also play more positions, we can play with double strikers like in the second half against Burnley and Luton. "There’s always...
    CHELSEA fans are STILL fuming with Romelu Lukaku's disallowed goal in Sunday's Carabao Cup final loss against Liverpool. The Blues saw three goals in 120 minutes of football chalked off for offside. 4Lukaku's sleeve played him offside with the majority of his body onsideCredit: SKY SPORTS 4The striker kept his cool and powered home his shotCredit: REX FEATURES 4But Lukaku's goal was ruled out after VAR intervenedCredit: GETTY But Lukaku's strike in the first half of extra-time still has fans riled up with VAR's lines being labelled 'nonsense.' The out of form striker got free of Ibrahima Konate and fired low past Liverpool's Cup keeper Caoimhin Kelleher only for the linesman to put his flag up. A replay showed just how tight the call was, with the majority of Lukaku's body being behind the last defender. But the sleeve on Lukaku's shirt made the difference in the decision and the goal was chalked off for offside. One fan fumed: "Ridiculous! These lines are nonsense. Prior to VAR that would have been onside. "It was introduced to eradicate clear...
    ROMELU LUKAKU has been sensationally AXED by Chelsea for their clash against Lille tonight. The Blues striker has been dropped to the bench to face the French side in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge. It comes just days after he had just seven touches during the whole match at Crystal Palace at the weekend. The former Manchester United star also had a fall out with Blues boss Thomas Tuchel over Christmas. He was axed over an explosive interview in Italy where he said he wanted to play for Inter Milan again. MORE TO FOLLOW Most read in Premier LeagueSHOCK PASSING Former Fox News commentator passes away as Sean Hannity says 'we miss him'KOURT GONE WILD Kourtney looks unrecognizable in tiny bikini pic from 'Girls Gone Wild' eraBEAUTY QUEEN DEAD Beauty queen dies 8 days after suffering horror injuries in accidentFRACTURED FAMILY Sister Wives' Paedon Brown tells all on 'weird' relationship with Robyn
    GARTH CROOKS described Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel's decision to drop Romelu Lukaku last month as "overzealous nonsense". Tuchel left Lukaku out of his squad against Liverpool in January after a controversial interview in which the player suggested he didn't want to leave Inter Milan last summer. 2Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel left Romelu Lukaku out after a controversial interviewCredit: Getty 2Garth Crooks criticised Thomas Tuchel's decision to drop Romelu LukakuCredit: PA:Empics Sport The striker also revealed to Italian media his desire to return to Inter one day, just a few months after leaving the Serie A champions for the west Londoners. However, Crooks always disagreed with the German head coach's decision to axe the Belgium international from the squad because he is too valuable. The former Tottenham star also suggested that this was all just a misunderstanding that occurred after the 28-year-old "fell for flattery" during the interview. Lukaku ultimately returned to the squad and led Chelsea to their first ever Club World Cup triumph with a goal against Al-Hilal and Palmeiras in the semi-finals and final respectively. Crooks told BBC...
    ROMELU LUKAKU has posted a cryptic message on Snapchat just two months after slating Chelsea in a controversial interview. The Belgian has been heavily criticised in recent weeks, but was back on the scoresheet as his side narrowly beat Al-Hilal on Wednesday. 3Romelu Lukaku posted this cryptic messageCredit: SNAPCHAT 3The Belgian scored against Al-Hilal on WednesdayCredit: Getty Chelsea's 1-0 triumph, however, doesn't appear to have lifted his spirits. On a plain black backdrop, Lukaku, 28, wrote: "If you have to force it, then it probably doesn't fit." The message isn't necessarily about goings on at Stamford Bridge. But given his previous Sky Italia interview, it has set tongues wagging. Lukaku was dropped for a game in early January, after his damning comments came to light. He blasted boss Thomas Tuchel's tactics, before admitting that leaving Inter Milan was a 'mistake'. Most read in Premier LeagueBABY'S NAME! Kylie reveals newborn son's name after giving birth to second childHORROR TEST Tortured monkeys in Elon's company suffered 'bloody rashes & self-mutilation'HOT MOM Tristan Thompson's baby mama Maralee Nichols shows off butt as Khloe...
    PLAYING for Manchester United can be a heavy burden for some players, even the very best. And many find their way again after moving away from Old Trafford to the frustration of supporters. 16These former Man Utd stars flourished away from Old Trafford These seven did especially well after leaving the Premier League giants behind. From a Uruguayan legend to a Dutch star who's just earned a transfer to Barcelona, here's the flops for whom life got much better after leaving United. ROMELU LUKAKU The Belgium centre forward is definitely the one that got away. Often, Lukaku was deemed not good enough by supporters who felt he was overweight and cumbersome. However, he now cuts a more shredded figure at Inter Milan, where a new diet and fitness regime has seen the striker lose 16lbs and get into the best shape of his career. Lukaku also rediscovered his goal touch and has 64 strikes in his two seasons at the San Siro. 16Romelu Lukaku lost his way at Old Trafford and was criticised by supportersCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd 16After shifting...
    THOMAS TUCHEL was delighted by Romelu Lukaku's display on his return against Tottenham. Lukaku, 28, was recalled to the starting line-up after Tuchel accepted his apology for the drama he caused by his recent interview. 2Thomas Tuchel and Romelu Lukaku embraced at full-timeCredit: Reuters 2Lukaku was recalled to the side after apologising to Tuchel, his team-mates and to Chelsea fansCredit: EPA The German was confident Lukaku had the right mentality and attitude to perform and Tuchel felt he contributed in several areas. He said after Chelsea's 2-0 win: "I am happy with the performance, I liked how he played. He was strong, involved, strong and showed huge commitment in our defensive work which was important. "He was always dangerous and used his body, was always involved in dangerous situations. "I expected it honestly because Romelu can handle pressure and adversity. "He seemed to be relaxed after the decision was made, after we finished our talks, and after he finished his talks. "The decision was made and I felt him relaxed enough to have a performance like this." Most...
    ROMELU LUKAKU silenced Tottenham’s taunts as Chelsea gave Antonio Conte a return to the Bridge to forget. Spurs fans sung ‘He’s Inter Milan, he’s Inter Milan, Romelu Lukaku, he’s Inter Milan’ in reference to his recent shock TV outburst. 2Romelu Lukaku shushed Spurs' fans after the second goal in Chelsea's 2-0 winCredit: Getty 2Lukaku gave a thumbs up to the Chelsea fans at the full time whistleCredit: Getty But Lukaku, back in in the Blues line-up, shushed them after Ben Davies’ own goal made it 2-0 after Kai Havertz’s opener in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg. If Spurs' fans weren't gutted enough after Davies' horror own goal, they then had Lukaku shushing them after the ball hit the back of the net. And Antonio Conte's side have got it all to do at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium if they want to overturn the 2-0 deficit in next week's semi-final second leg. The 28-year-old striker was reinstated into Thomas Tuchel's squad after being axed from the team for the weekend's thriller against Liverpool. Lukaku had a part to play in...
    THOMAS TUCHEL is ready to move on from the Romelu Lukaku saga that has engulfed Chelsea over the past week. Lukaku, 28, was left out of The Blues matchday squad against Liverpool on Sunday after his controversial interview with Sky Italia. 2Thomas Tuchel wants to move on from the Romelu Lukaku interview sagaCredit: Getty 2Lukaku was recalled to the starting line-up for the Carabao Cup tie against TottenhamCredit: Getty But after apologising to the club and to the fans Lukaku was welcomed back by Tuchel and started against Tottenham. Ahead of the Carabao Cup semi-final clash Tuchel told Sky Sports: "It’s against his own coach, it’s at home and he’s our player. So this was the plan. "We can listen to this interview 100 times and it will not make it better. He wants to be and we want him to be a key player. For now we move on." “We accept it happened - and him too. Time to move on and protect Rom”. Tuchel reportedly spoke to Lukaku about the interview he gave - in which he stated...
    ROMELU LUKAKU upset thousands of Chelsea fans with his recent bombshell interview. And Blues supporters told SunSport exactly what they thought of him ahead of their team's mouthwatering Carabao Cup clash against Tottenham - with one saying: "Get him out of our club." 3Romelu Lukaku upset plenty of Chelsea fans with his recent bombshell interviewCredit: PA 3The Belgian has since issued an apology on the club's media channelCredit: Chelsea TV 3Thomas Tuchel also appears to have forgiven him after dropping him but not all Chelsea fans feel the sameCredit: Chelsea TV The Belgian said he would '100 per cent' still be at Inter Milan if they'd offered him a new deal in the summer. And he also suggested he'd like a transfer to Real Madrid or Bayern Munich. The 28-year-old was subsequently dropped by Thomas Tuchel, issued a grovelling apology to Chelsea supporters on Tuesday night, and was then picked to start against Spurs. The German boss' tough stance seemed to have the support of Blues fans - and billionaire owner Roman Abramovich. But opinion remains split among supporters -...
    ROMELU LUKAKU must go from stinker to stonker following his shock TV outburst. The £97.5million star has accepted a fine of around one week’s wages - £325,000 - and apologised for giving an interview in which he claimed to be desperately unhappy. 2Romelu Lukaku has been fined around £325,000 by Chelsea for his recent outburstCredit: PA 2The striker has apologised to boss Thomas Tuchel over his commentsCredit: Getty Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has recalled the striker for tonight’s Carabao Cup semi final first leg against Tottenham and urged the striker to start repaying the club and the fans with goals. Tuchel said: “It would be a nice moment to start. He is very aware of what happened and what he created.  “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...
    Predicting the breakout actors of 2022 6 Homebuying Lessons We Learned in 2021 Romelu Lukaku is set to stay with Chelsea after a private conversation with coach Thomas Tuchel and a public apology to fans for his previous criticisms of the club. © Press Association “To the fans I’m sorry for the upset that I caused,” Lukaku said in a video released on Twitter. “You guys know the connection that I have with this club, since my teenage years, so you know, 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 to make sure that we win games." A message from Romelu.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 4, 2022 Lukaku, 28, was scratched from Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Sunday due to the "noise" caused by an unsanctioned interview the striker gave to Sky Italy.  "I think the coach has chosen to play with another system, I just have to not give up and continue to work...
    Texas Gov. Abbott sues Biden over requirement that National Guard be vaccinated Biden will travel to Nevada for Harry Reid’s funeral Romelu Lukaku has issued an apology to Chelsea fans, as well as manager Thomas Tuchel and his Blues teammates, after comments he made in an interview with Sky Italia last week caused an uproar among the club, media, and supporters. Lukaku stated in the interview, recorded three weeks prior but released just before the new year, that he was unhappy with Tuchel's tactics while adding that he hoped to someday return to Inter Milan due to his connection with the Italian club that he helped lead to a league title last season. While his comments were less inflamatory than they may have appeared in some initial translations, they still made it clear that Lukaku did not exactly see eye-to-eye with the manager, and that he felt the tactics employed were less than a perfect fit for his skill set. MORE: Blow-by-blow of the Lukaku interview drama Lukaku suffered consequences for his words, having been left out of the team for Chelsea's 2-2 draw with...
    ROMELU LUKAKU has issued an apology to Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea fans and his team-mates after his bombshell interview. The Belgian striker last week said he would '100 per cent still be at Inter' if they'd offered him a new contract, riling Blues fans and causing him to be dropped for the 2-2 draw with Liverpool. 1Romelu Lukaku has said sorry to Chelsea fans for his recent bombshell interviewCredit: PA It recently emerged Lukaku was advised not to do the interview and was surprised by the 'brutal' reaction. But in a sit down chat with the club's media channel, the 28-year-old star said sorry unreservedly. Speaking directly to the camera, Lukaku said: "To the fans I’m sorry for the upset I caused. "You know the connection I’ve had to this club since my teenage years, so I totally understand you guys being upset. "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 to try and win games. "To the manager I apologise and also to my...
    ROMELU LUKAKU has issued a grovelling apology to Chelsea fans after his bombshell interview. The Belgian striker said he would '100 per cent still be at Inter' if they'd offered him a bigger contract and it riled thousands of Blues fans. 2Romelu Lukaku has said sorry to Chelsea fans for his recent bombshell interviewCredit: PA But in a sit down chat with the club's media channels, the 28-year-old has said sorry unreservedly. Most read in Premier LeagueTRANSFERS LIVE Messi POSITIVE for Covid-19, Thiago signs new Chelsea deal, Haaland LATESTRED DEVILS NEWS £100m Declan Rice EXCLUSIVE, Julian Alvarez talks, Wolves defeat REACTIONENTER THE DRAGAN Dragan Solak net worth: Serbian telecoms magnate buys Saints for £100mENTER THE DRAGAN Southampton set for £150m takeover by Serbian billionaire Dragan SolakJOIN SUN VEGAS: GET A FREE £10 BONUS WITH 100s OF GAMES TO PLAY AND NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED (Ts&Cs apply) ⚽ Read our Transfer News Live blog for the very latest rumours, gossip and done deals FREE BETS: GET OVER £2,000 IN NEW CUSTOMER DEALS More to follow... For the latest news on this...
    THOMAS TUCHEL is walking a well-worn path as the latest hard-pressed Chelsea boss facing off with a fickle superstar. Romelu Lukaku’s outburst at being unhappy at the club is just the latest chapter in a run of strikers who seem unable to settle. 3Lukaku has voiced his unhappiness at his current situation at ChelseaCredit: Getty Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata offered goals and sexy football, yet failed to get the best out of themselves while playing for one of football’s most fashionable clubs. It is as if there is a jinx on leading the Chelsea forward line, when it should be one of the best jobs in the world. Boss Tuchel has to plot a way out of his ruck with Lukaku. The pair must find a compromise to stop a one-off incident becoming a festering wound in the dressing room. Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte failed with Costa and Morata. Both players were on their bikes in quickfire, cut-price sales that haemorrhaged money. Most read in Premier LeagueTRANSFERS LIVE Messi POSITIVE for Covid-19, Thiago signs new Chelsea deal, Haaland...
    THOMAS TUCHEL has confirmed that Romelu Lukaku is back in contention to face Tottenham tomorrow. The Belgian was dropped for Sunday's 2-2 draw with Liverpool after his controversial interview last week. 1Romelu Lukaku is back in contention after training yesterdayCredit: Getty Lukaku, 28, admitted to Sky Italia that he wish hadn't left Inter Milan - while also criticising Tuchel's tactics. But after leaving his £97.5million striker out against the Reds, Tuchel has confirmed that Lukaku will be involved again after apologising in private. He said: "Romelu Lukaku apologised and he's back in the squad. "For me it was important to understand that it was not intentional from Romelu. "This is not as big as people want it to be - it's not small but we can stay calm and accept his apologies." MORE FOLLOWS... Most read in Premier LeagueTRANSFERS LIVE Messi POSITIVE for Covid-19, Thiago signs new Chelsea deal, Haaland LATESTRED DEVILS NEWS £100m Declan Rice EXCLUSIVE, Julian Alvarez talks, Wolves defeat REACTIONMAN UTD 0 WOLVES 1 Dismal Red Devils sunk by late Moutinho strike at Old TraffordMAN UTD...
    ROMELU LUKAKU is set to be recalled to the Chelsea squad following peace talks with Thomas Tuchel. The pair had a positive meeting yesterday to discuss the fallout from the striker’s controversial TV interview in which Lukaku said he was unhappy and wanted to leave. 4Romelu Lukaku trained on MondayCredit: Getty 4Lukaku and Tuchel have held clear the air talksCredit: Reuters Lukaku was axed from the squad for Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool as punishment and then faced his head coach at Chelsea’s Surrey training ground. And Tuchel is considering bringing his big-money star back in from the cold as a further de-escalation of tension in the camp. It is believed Lukaku expressed regret for his actions and his outburst. Chelsea host Tottenham tomorrow in a Carabao Cup semi-final first leg. Lukaku trained yesterday with the group of players who did not feature in Sunday’s game but he should join in with the main session today as Tuchel draws up his final tactical plans. Chelsea paid £97.5m for Belgian Lukaku last summer only for their club-record signing to claim he did not...
    THOMAS TUCHEL has the full support of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in his spat with Romelu Lukaku. The rebel striker resumed training on Monday after being axed by boss Tuchel over an explosive TV interview in which he said he wants to leave. 2Roman Abramovich is fully behind Thomas Tuchel in his spat with Romelu LukakuCredit: Getty 2Tuchel dropped the Belgian after he said he would still be at Inter if they'd offered him a bigger contractCredit: Getty Lukaku is now being urged to apologise for the comments which have outraged fans and even surprised those close to him. Tuchel is pondering whether to recall Lukaku for Wednesday's Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg against fierce rivals Tottenham. The pair held talks on Monday but the club refused to comment on any aspect of the meeting or the ongoing situation. But it is understood Tuchel enjoys the backing of Chelsea’s benefactor Abramovich. The Russian spent £97.5 million of his fortune bringing the Belgian to the club just five months ago. And sources close to the player are urging him to say sorry...
    ROMELU Lukaku didn't hold back in showing his dismay at Chelsea last week. The Belgium centre forward, 28, gave an interview to Sky Sports in Italy claiming he was unhappy at Stamford Bridge and wanted a move back to previous employers, Inter Milan. 6Romelu Lukaku revealed his unhappiness at Chelsea in an explosive interview in Italy It left boss Thomas Tuchel fuming with the £98million signing, who plans to sit down with the star and thrash out his issues. But Lukaku isn't the first footballer to air his dirty laundry in public with an explosive chat to the media. Here's five more who didn't toe the party line. ROY KEANE Towards the end of the now Sky Sports pundits career at Manchester United, Keano appeared fed up. In an infamous MUTV interview, he laid into his team mates after a 4-1 thrashing against Middlesbrough. Most read in SportCOACH GONE NFL stars pay tribute to John Madden ahead of Sunday night football gameSTADIUM DANGER Fans fall as railing collapses at FedEx stadium and almost hit Eagles QB'MY SPERM COUNT IS GOOD'...
    ROMELU LUKAKU could reportedly look to reunite with Antonio Conte at Tottenham after claiming he is ‘unhappy’ at Chelsea. The 28-year-old revealed he never wanted to leave Inter Milan last summer as he explained his frustrations at the Blues in an explosive interview last week. 2Antonio Conte could try to reunite with Romelu Lukaku at TottenhamCredit: Reuters 2The Italian and Belgian striker enjoyed great success previously at Inter MilanCredit: AFP The Belgian striker was dropped by Thomas Tuchel for Sunday’s thrilling 2-2 draw at home to Liverpool. And Lukaku is set to meet the Chelsea manager today to sort out his future. Now La Gazzetta dello Sport claims that his ex-Inter boss Conte could drop his pursuit of Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic in order to try to sign Lukaku. Whether Chelsea would sell to one of their London rivals remains to be seen. However, the pair did enjoy huge success together at the San Siro. Lukaku scored 47 goals in 72 top-flight matches under Conte and helped fire them to the Serie A title last season before both men departed the...
    THOMAS TUCHEL said 'there is always a way back' for Romelu Lukaku after Chelsea's club-record signing was dropped against Liverpool. Lukaku found himself omitted from the squad completely following his bombshell interview with Sky in Italy. 2Thomas Tuchel said 'there is always a way back' for Romelu LukakuCredit: AP Kai Havertz, 22, replaced the Belgian, 28, but manager Tuchel confirmed there is still hope for the axed forward. Tuchel said: "He is our player, there is always a way back, we will clear this behind closed doors and once we have made a decision and Romelu knows, you will maybe know also. "It is not to be discussed now." Lukaku watched from home as Chelsea came from behind to draw 2-2, and ultimately miss chances to steal all three points. It followed after he admitted to wanting a return to Inter Milan one day, would never have left had he been offered a new deal and named Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich as the world's biggest clubs. The words came less than six...
    ROMELU LUKAKU will not be in Chelsea's matchday squad to face title challengers Liverpool, it's understood. The striker caused controversy after participating in an unauthorised interview in which he claimed he never wanted to leave Inter Milan. 2Lukaku has two Prem goals in his last two outings but will be left out against LiverpoolCredit: GETTY IMAGES And according to The Athletic, the interview has rubbed boss Thomas Tuchel the wrong way. So much so, the German has left his near-£100million man out of his squad for Chelsea's crucial Premier League game against Liverpool. Both teams are over ten points adrift of league leaders Manchester City but do have one or two games in hand on the defending champions. In the interview with Sky Italia, Lukaku, 28, said: "If there had been the offer of a new contract from Inter last summer as I wanted, we would not be doing this interview now here from London, but quietly from Milan. "In that case I would have stayed at Inter 100 per cent last summer. No need to discuss that. “I’m...
    ROMELU LUKAKU faces disciplinary action from Chelsea after admitting he never wanted to leave Inter Milan. Boss Thomas Tuchel vowed to read the riot act to his £97.5million striker for claiming he was unhappy with life at the Blues. 2Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is be in hot water after revealing his frustrationCredit: Getty 2Blues' boss Thomas Tuchel expects to talk to Romelu Lukaku over the Belgian's outspoken commentsCredit: Getty And the German’s mood won’t have improved when the second part of Lukaku’s interview with Sky Italia emerged suggesting he was pushed towards Stamford Bridge in the summer. Lukaku, 28, said: "If there had been the offer of a new contract from Inter last summer as I wanted, we would not be doing this interview now here from London, but quietly from Milan. "In that case I would have stayed at Inter 100 per cent last summer. No need to discuss that. “I’m always thinking about Milano, Milano, Milano. Inter fans are the best in the world. I love the city and the best moment of my career was at Inter....
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