Mauricio Pochettino distances himself from Romelu Lukaku's plight

Mauricio Pochettino insists it’s NOT his responsibility to solve Romelu Lukaku’s plight at Chelsea… but doesn’t rule out a return for the Belgian if the ‘player and club find a solution’

  • Romelu Lukaku’s career is at a standstill as he trains with the Chelsea U21s 
  • He made it clear that he wants to leave the club following his loan spell at Inter
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Mauricio Pochettino says it is not his responsibility to solve Romelu Lukaku’s situation but refused to rule out his plight changing.

Lukaku is out in the cold and training with Chelsea’s under-21s after making it clear he wants to leave following his return from loan at Inter Milan last season.

But there has yet to be a taker for Lukaku with just a week remaining in the transfer window.

He burned his bridges with Inter by agreeing to join their rivals Juventus but they would need to offload their striker Dusan Vlahovic in order to sign Lukaku though Chelsea are not keen on the Serbian.

Chelsea wanted Lukaku to join the exodus of players from Stamford Bride to Saudi Arabia earlier in the summer though he did not want to make such a move.

Mauricio Pochettino insists it is not his responsibility to solve Romelu Lukaku’s Chelsea plight

The Belgian has been training with the U21s since returning from his loan spell at Inter (above)

Pochettino said of Lukaku, a then club record £97.5m signing two years ago: ‘If the player and the club’s wish is to find a solution, it’s not me, it’s them.

‘In that case, the player and the club will meet and inform to me that things changed. I’m not going to move until the club or the player want to talk with me. 

‘I am here, I accept the situation that was here when I arrived. We arrived on the 3rd of July and knew the situation.

‘The future can change things. Life can change. I saw [Liverpool manager Jurgen] Klopp say I’m not going to be in this business when we should pay £100million. 

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The Argentine manager did not rule out a return for Lukaku if he and the club find a solution

‘And then they offered £100million and he said “Oh, I made a mistake”. That is the same situation. 

‘In football, the dynamic is fast and changes and we need to move on. Today, nothing has changed. If something changes we will adapt to the situation?

‘I am frustrated about the situation but not with the club because it is not trying to find a solution. 

‘Maybe with a solution we can add another player or some solution with the team but I am not frustrated about that because I knew it would be difficult.’


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