Romelu Lukaku ‘wants to reunite with former Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte at TOTTENHAM’, claims an outlandish report in Italy, with the £98m striker in for Chelsea showdown talks with Thomas Tuchel today after being dropped against Liverpool
- Romelu Lukaku reportedly wants to reunite with former boss Antonio Conte
- The Belgian, 28, criticised Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel in a bombshell interview
- Lukaku will hold talks with the German after being dropped against Liverpool
- Reports in Italy suggest that Lukaku wants to link up with Conte at Tottenham
Romelu Lukaku could make a shock switch to Chelsea’s bitter rivals Tottenham, with a sensational new report in Italy suggesting the striker wants to reunite with former Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte.
Lukaku, 28, was left out of Thomas Tuchel’s matchday squad for Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool after he stunned the club with a bombshell interview in which he admitted his frustrations at Stamford Bridge.
The Belgian joined the Blues only last summer but his recent comments have seen him linked with an early exit.
Romelu Lukaku wants a reunion with Antonio Conte at Tottenham, claims a new report in Italy
And according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Lukaku could look to try and force a reunion with former manager Conte, who has taken over at Tottenham after his Inter departure.
The 28-year-old joined the Blues for £97.5million and it remains to be seen whether they can recoup that mega-money fee for Lukaku, who has scored seven goals in 18 appearances this season.
Tuchel revealed that he will hold talks with Lukaku today over last week’s developments and insisted ‘there is always a way back’, in a bid to play down rumours of a hasty exit.
The Belgium striker shocked Chelsea with an explosive interview that was released last week
He expressed his Stamford Bridge frustrations and criticised Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel
‘Tomorrow there is a meeting and we will decide,’ Tuchel told BBC Radio 5 Live.
‘Monday we discuss and we all meet and we will take a decision.’
He also told Sky Sports: ‘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.’
In an interview with Sky Sport Italy, Lukaku said: ‘Physically I am fine. But I’m not happy with the situation at Chelsea. Tuchel has chosen to play with another system.
‘I won’t give up, I’ll be professional. I am not happy with the situation but I am professional – and I can’t give up now.’
He also suggested he wanted to return to Inter Milan in the near future and told former team-mate Lautaro Martinez not to move to Chelsea because he’d be back at the San Siro soon.
The German is set to hold showdown talks with Lukaku today following his explosive claims
Meanwhile, Conte has called on the Tottenham hierarchy to back him in the transfer market as he attempts to rebuild his squad and challenge for top honours.
The Italian says he was aware after only 10 days of where his side needs strengthening and has evaluated which players will be part of his plans moving forwards.
‘For sure (we need to strengthen),’ Conte said. ‘After only two weeks I said we needed to improve the quality of this squad.
‘I was sure after seven to 10 days about this. Then I had to make the evaluation over who I can count on and who I can’t.
‘The gap is very large and we need to work a lot and try to improve our squad.’
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