Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has revealed how Thomas Tuchel has been able to deal with the situation surrounding Romelu Lukaku following the srtiker’s controversial interview.
In an interview with Sky Italia filmed around a month ago but only aired in the past two weeks, Lukaku spoke of his frustration at Chelsea and revealed he would have stayed with Inter Milan if a suitable offer had been.
It sparked huge uproar among the Stamford Bridge faithful and the striker was dropped by Tuchel for the clash with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in the New Year.
The interview was not cleared with the club so it is no surprise it went down badly once aired.
“Physically I’m doing great. I’m just not very happy with the situation, but that’s normal,” Lukaku said in the now infamous video.
“I think the boss has decided to play a different formation but I have to stick at it and get on with it professionally. I’m not happy with the situation but it’s my job and I mustn’t give up.
“When I was at Inter, at the end of the first year, I turned down an offer from Manchester City which was higher than Chelsea’s this summer.
“So the second year after we won the Scudetto, I went to speak with club [Inter Milan] chiefs and asked for a new contract. The fact that they didn’t try to make me sign a new contract bothered me a bit, it hurt me even. If Inter offered me a new contract, I would have stayed 100 per cent. That goes without saying.”
Lukaku has since issued both private and public apologies to his teammates, manager and the fans and was reinstated to the starting XI against Spurs in their 2-0 Carabao Cup win over Tottenham on Wednesday night.
Azpilicueta has now had his say on the incident and piled praise on how Tuchel was able to handle it, pointing to the German’s experience in the game.
“The manager has the experience of dealing with different types of players and in this situation,” he said in an interview with the club’s official website.
“From the very first second, he has dealt with things calmly and without making too many emotional decisions.
“He made his decisions alongside the club and it is very clear everything is sorted. Now we have to put it behind us and only focus on what happens on the pitch.”