Chelsea FC striker Romelu Lukaku made some comments to a Belgian newspaper in French that are spreading around the media regarding his future at Stamford Bridge. The young forward was the best striker under contract at Chelsea last season but according to one translation of his quotes then he is not happy with the club’s pursuit of Diego Costa.
Romelu Lukaku has had a tumultuous relationship with the club ever since he arrived at just 18 years old. He was kept around at Stamford Bridge that first season but was relegated to substitute appearances in the league and starts only in the League Cup. Lukaku was then loaned the following two seasons to West Brom and Everton where he performed very well and likely hoped that he would return to the club and become the first choice striker.
Supposedly this is Romelu Lukaku on Diego Costa coming to Chelsea and possibly leaving the club:
“You know Chelsea: every year they buy a new top striker. I remember me coming into the dressing room last year and seeing Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba and going: ‘Whoah! What’s happening here?’ But no problem. Many clubs are interested in me.”
“At this stage I have to look to myself. I have to play a good World Cup. That’s very interesting for all the players looking for a transfer, and I must be one of them. Chelsea know my point of view.”
The authenticity of these comments is being debated as some believe that they were fabricated or at the very least embellished by the English media. Lukaku originally made these comments in French so it is possible that something was lost in translation and the English media wanted to spice things up a bit. If you believe what others are saying, they believe that the comments never mention anything about requesting a transfer or being upset about Diego Costa’s arrival.
Romelu Lukaku needs to learn that in this day and age of social media and internet journalism, his words can be taken out of context or mistranslated and a bad situation can result. He needs to learn to keep his mouth shut about how he feels about his status at Chelsea and let his play on the field do the talking. If he is upset with the situation, then the media is certainly not the right channel to express it. Hopefully Lukaku learns from this mess and says “no comment” the next time he is asked about Chelsea’s striker situation.
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