Thomas Tuchel gives telling reaction to if Lukaku has apologised to Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel kept his cards close to his chest when asked about the future of record signing Romelu Lukaku at Chelsea after he was dropped for their clash against Liverpool.

The former Everton and Manchester United striker played no part in their Premier League draw after the release of a bombshell interview in which he questioned his manager.

The 28-year-old also admitted that he regretted the way in which he left Inter Milan, saying that he was desperate to return to Serie A having lifted the title last season.

Having kept quiet about the forward ahead of their 2-2 draw against Liverpool, Tuchel was more open after watching Mateo Kovacic and Christian Pulisic cancel out goals from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

When asked what the latest update was on Lukaku following the result, Tuchel said: "He's our player, there's always a way back. We'll clear this in Cobham behind closed doors.

Adding: "Once we've made a decision, club and coach, and once Romelu knows, you'll maybe know also."

The Champions League winning boss was again pushed on whether the Belgium international had apologised, but he refused to revealed any further details.

Tuchel said: "This is not to be discussed now. Let's wait some days and get some more information."

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Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness gave his thoughts on the situation before the match, and he thinks a stern punishment needs to be dished out.

He said: "You're trying to understand how a player has got to a stage where he's come out with such a ridiculous and damaging statement.

"We've all played with players who need to be training every day and playing every week to get the best out of them. Lukaku is a powerful man, and he's been used sparingly by the manager.

"He's physically big and strong and has to be playing games all the time to be scoring goals. Wayne Rooney, I imagine, had to be like that to get the very best out of him.

[Lukaku] was frustrated at not coming back and going straight into the team and has come up with the nonsense he's said.

"It was totally disrespectful. He's 29 years old not 19 and he should know better. This damages the football club enormously. It's like walking into a dressing room and telling the other guys, 'I don't want to be with you anymore'.

"It damages the manager, and he should say, 'If you don't fancy it here, there's the door. On you go'.

"The first thing I'd do if I was Thomas Tuchel is I'd tell Lukaku that he needs to apologise. He needs to stand in front of everyone in the dressing room and apologise unreservedly."

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