Romelu Lukaku to leave Chelsea and join Premier League rivals

Romelu Lukaku could make a shock switch to Chelsea’s bitter rivals Tottenham, with a sensational new report in Italy suggesting the striker wants to reunite with former Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte.

Lukaku, 28, was left out of Thomas Tuchel’s matchday squad for Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool after he stunned the club with a bombshell interview in which he admitted his frustrations at Stamford Bridge.

The Belgian joined the Blues only last summer but his recent comments have seen him linked with an early exit.

And according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Lukaku could look to try and force a reunion with former manager Conte, who has taken over at Tottenham after his Inter departure.

The 28-year-old joined the Blues for £97.5million and it remains to be seen whether they can recoup that mega-money fee for Lukaku, who has scored seven goals in 18 appearances this season.

Tuchel revealed that he will hold talks with Lukaku today over last week’s developments and insisted ‘there is always a way back’, in a bid to play down rumours of a hasty exit.
‘Tomorrow there is a meeting and we will decide,’ Tuchel told BBC Radio 5 Live.

‘Monday we discuss and we all meet and we will take a decision.’

He also told Sky Sports: ‘He is our player, there is always a way back.

‘We will clear this behind closed doors and once we have made a decision and Romelu knows, you will maybe know also. It is not to be discussed now.’

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