‘I’m sorry for the upset I’ve caused’: Romelu Lukaku apologises to Chelsea fans after saying he was ‘not happy’ at Stamford Bridge as he vows to restore the trust of supporters
- Romelu Lukaku has apologised to Chelsea fans for his controversial interview
- He previously said he was not happy at Chelsea and that would return to Inter
- Chelsea have now posted a video message of Lukaku apologising to supporters
- In the video he vowed to restore the trust of fans with his on-field performances
Romelu Lukaku has offered a direct apology to Chelsea supporters in a bid to build bridges after his controversial interview revealing unhappiness at Stamford Bridge.
The club-record signing has already apologised internally at Chelsea and returned to training, but has now moved to address Blues fans personally.
‘To the fans I’m sorry for the upset that I’ve caused,’ Lukaku told Chelsea’s official club website. ‘You guys know the connection I have with this club since my teenage years, so I totally understand you guys being upset.
Romelu Lukaku has apologised to Chelsea fans over his controversial Sky Italia interview
‘Obviously it’s up to me now to restore your trust, and I’ll do my best every day to show commitment on the training ground and in games to make sure we win games.
‘And also to the manager, my team-mates and the board, I apologise, because I think it was not the right moment, also.
‘And I want to move forward from this and make sure that we start winning football games and make sure that I start performing for the team in the best manner.’
Lukaku insisted his Sky Sport Italy interview was only ever designed as a respectful goodbye to Inter fans – but that he now understands the damage caused by his comments.
‘I think I should have been much clearer in my message to be honest,’ said Lukaku.
‘Because the interview was about saying goodbye to the Inter fans, it was not about trying to disrespect the (Chelsea) fans, the football club, the owner, my team-mates, the technical staff.
Lukaku has also apologised to the club, manager Thomas Tuchel (pictured) and his team-mates
‘Because they made a lot of efforts for me to come back here and I wanted to come back here.
‘I was on a mission to come back since I left, so I totally understand the frustrations of the fans.
‘But now it’s on me to make sure my commitment is at 100 per cent and I will do that in every game.
‘My club was Chelsea, everybody knows that from being 10 or 11 years old I said I wanted to play for Chelsea. There were clearly images when I came on my school trip that I said I wanted to play for Chelsea.
Lukaku said the interview’s sole purpose was about saying goodbye to Inter Milan fans
‘So for me I came here when I was 18 it didn’t go so well. Now I’m back at 28 in the prime years of my career – I can’t really mess this up.’
In his interview with Sky Italia, which was recorded several weeks ago but published last week, he opened up on his unhappiness under Tuchel and his desire to one day play for Inter Milan again. The Belgian joined Chelsea from the Italian side for £98million last summer.
The revelation went down terribly in the Chelsea ranks and Lukaku was quickly banished from the match-day squad prior to the team’s huge title-race showdown with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool last Sunday.
Speaking during his press conference on Tuesday ahead of Chelsea’s Carabao Cup semi-final tie with Tottenham, Tuchel addressed the matter and confirmed all issues with Lukaku had been resolved following face-to-face talks.
Lukaku was dropped for the Liverpool game but could be in contention to play Tottenham on Wednesday
Tuchel told reporters: ‘For me its important to understand the overall picture we have. Does it reflect his overall mood and attitude? Absolutely clear no.
‘Was the intention to create trouble or leave the club, put pressure on the coach? Absolutely not.
‘Of course he should have known better, that’s why we have to clean it and clear the air together.
‘We need to be adult enough and mature enough to accept an apology and have a clear head to prepare the upcoming matches.
‘He is very aware of what happened and what he created and he feels the responsibility to clean the mess up – maybe we will have a bit of smell from it of course, but he can handle it and he has no other choice.
‘He cannot expect everyone to be super happy the next day, but hes still our player and we are happy that he is our player and will protect him. It is important that the stadium supports the team, even if people disagree, everything we do is about the team.’