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Following the meeting held this Monday between Romelu Lukaku and Thomas Tuchel, Sky Sports assures that, at least for the time being, the Chelsea striker will remain in the team, at least until June.
Although the details of the conversation between the coach and the Belgian international player have not been disclosed, the aforementioned media reports that the two have reached a common understanding that would mean the continuity of the player until the end of the season.
Tuchel has reportedly managed to persuade Lukaku not to leave Stamford Bridge this January after there was said to be an immediate meeting between the 28-year-old striker and Antonio Conte over a move to Tottenham.
Lukaku's situation with the blues became complicated after some controversial statements that have caused him a lot of problems, as he admitted he wanted to leave the English club: "I'm not happy at Chelsea, I want to return to Inter".
On this subject Fabrizio Romano has also shed more information, claiming that Lukaku himself explained to both Tuchel and the Chelsea board that he has "no intention" of leaving the club in January.
“Anyway, Chelsea won’t allow any discussion with other clubs over loan on a permanent move. Romelu also had a very good training session yesterday” the source added.
Tuchel settled the issue: "Lukaku has apologized and is back."
In the last Premier League match, Tuchel did not give in to Lukaku's statements at any time and left him out of the squad for the match against Liverpool.
However, the German confirmed ahead of the clash against Tottenham that Lukaku has retracted his statement: "He has apologized and is back in the team. For me, it was fundamental to understand that his intention was not to say what he said. This is not as important as people think, but it is not a minor thing either. We are left with the fact that he has calmed down and accepts his apology."
Therefore, the striker will rejoin the team's dynamic after being sidelined. However, the Chelsea board did not consider a possible exit for one of the players for whom they bet the most in the last transfer market.
"Lukaku is not Leo Messi."
The striker has been criticized since his statements and former player Paolo Di Canio kept up the tone with the Belgian in an interview with Sky Sport.
"This interview shows the weakness of an athlete who after six months has given up. Perhaps he came with the arrogance of one who is not aware of what his real level is," the Italian began.
Di Canio went further and even expressed his opinion about his contribution to Inter after lifting the 'Scudetto': "He won the 'Scudetto' in Italy as a co-star, but he is not Lionel Messi. Inter would also have won if they had had Duván Zapata or someone like that in front of them".
"He's going to the European champions, to the Premier League, against teams like Manchester City or Liverpool, where he's one of the many big names there. If you come to Chelsea and think you're going to be number one you're in for a rude awakening," the former Sunderland boss concluded harshly.