Chelsea transfer news: Romelu Lukaku distances himself from agent’s claim he wants future talks | Transfer Center News

Romelu Lukaku has distanced himself from his agent’s claim that the striker wants to speak with Chelsea this summer about his future at the club.

Lukaku joined Chelsea in a club-record £97.5million transfer from Inter Milan at the start of the season but struggled to justify his high price tag.

The 29-year-old has been hampered by illness, injury and a lack of form which has seen him score just 15 goals in 42 games in all competitions for the Blues this season.

Lukaku gave a controversial interview to Sky in Italy in December in which he questioned the tactics of Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel and raised the prospect of a return to Inter.

Since then, the striker has often found himself on the bench, with Tuchel favoring Kai Havertz as the No.9, although Lukaku returned to form last week after scoring three goals in the Blues’ last two games.

Federico Pastorello, Lukaku’s agent, gave an interview to an Italian newspaper The Republicpublished on Friday, in which he admitted his client had run into “problems” at Stamford Bridge during the campaign and would seek talks with Chelsea, who are expected to be taken over by Todd Boehly’s consortium this month.

Pastorello said: “Given the transfer figures, nobody could have expected such a situation. It’s not me discussing the technical choices, but it’s obvious that there was a problem.

“The numbers, however, have to be weighted. He is the team’s top scorer this season, even with less playing time than his teammates.”

However, Lukaku seemed unhappy with his agent’s public comments and took to Instagram later on Friday to say Pastorello’s interview was “not in my name.”

“I will never let anyone speak for me,” Lukaku wrote. “I kept my mouth shut and focused on helping the team finish the season in the best possible way.

“So if someone [is] out there trying to say something about me and the club… not in my name.”

Tuchel: Maybe Lukaku doesn’t intend to talk to me

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Thomas Tuchel says Chelsea will assess Romelu Lukaku’s situation after it was reported his agent is planning talks with the club’s new owners at the end of the season.

Pastorello’s comments cast doubt on Lukaku’s future at Chelsea for the second time this season, and both occasions were prompted by interviews published in the days leading up to crucial games against Liverpool.

Lukaku’s interview with Sky in Italy came ahead of a Premier League game against Jurgen Klopp’s side. Tuchel opted to drop Lukaku for the game, which the Blues drew 2-2 at Stamford Bridge.

The comments from Lukaku’s agent came to light just a day before Chelsea face Liverpool in the FA Cup final at Wembley – a game the Belgian is hoping to start after his impressive performances of late.

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Tuchel admitted that he only learned of Pastorello’s interview in the minutes before his press conference on Friday, but admitted that it was Lukaku’s “right” to request a meeting with the hierarchy of Chelsea.

“I think if he plans to speak with the owner, maybe it’s not his intention to speak with me,” Tuchel said. “That’s fair enough. Let’s see if he gets a date! It’s his right.

“We will talk to anyone. We will assess any situation of any player, including Romelu. We will see what will happen and what the plans are.

“I was only told about it five or 10 minutes ago actually. That’s what happens sometimes in football. The attention is so high that sometimes it attracts situations that you don’t want to have. before the big matches. That’s how it is.

“For me, that’s not a distraction and I hope for everyone working in the team and the team itself, that’s not the case.”

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