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Romelu Lukaku described his situation at Chelsea as ‘hot’ and is due to meet with manager Thomas Tuchel on Monday



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That is according to a text he sent ex-Everton team-mate Tim Howard, which the American former keeper, 42, shared live on air.

In the alleged message, Howard claimed it said: “I can’t talk too much about it. It’s very hot.

“There will be another meeting on Monday. I have another meeting on Monday, then I can talk more.”

It comes after Lukaku, 28, was dropped from Chelsea’s squad that host Liverpool at Stamford Bridge this afternoon following his bombshell interview.

Speaking to Sky in Italy, the striker admitted he wants to return to Inter Milan one day, would never have left had he been offered a new deal and named Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich as the world’s biggest clubs.

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The words come less than six months after Lukaku re-joined Chelsea from Inter in a club record £97. 5 million move.

He has since been omitted from Chelsea’s team completely, with Kai Havertz, 22, starting up front in replacement.

Speaking before the game, Tuchel said: “The thing got too big, too noisy, so close to the match, so I decided to protect the preparation for the match, so that is why he is out.

“We delayed the decision over what to do, but we have to protect the preparation for the match, we have a big game to play.

“Of course we have spoken, twice. And to the main players, but after that we had to realise it was too close to the match, it’s too big.

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“Full focus, which is hard to get even without this decision, was easier in my opinion if he is not in the squad, and that is why we did it.

“It was a difficult decision, but in my opinion it was the decision to take.”

The thing got too big, too noisy, so close to the match, so I decided to protect the preparation for the match, so that is why he is out.

Lukaku had admitted he was “not happy with the situation” at Stamford Bridge, in the interview he gave three weeks ago, while out injured.

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But since then, he returned to the side and scored in his last two matches, in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Aston Villa and 1-1 draw at home to Brighton.

However, following the shock quotes, manager Tuchel criticised the impact it could have on his Chelsea squad.

He said: “We don’t like it. It brings noise that we don’t need and it’s not helpful. We don’t want to make more out of it than it actually is.

“It is easy to take lines out of context, shorten lines, make headlines and then realise later that it is not so bad.

“We need a calm environment and focus and this does not help.”


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