"Stupid to think Chelsea in title race": Thomas Tuchel
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Chelsea ace Romelu Lukaku has named the three teams he wanted to sign for before putting pen-to-paper on a deal at Stamford Bridge in the summer. The Belgium international returned to west London for a second spell in August after two years with Inter Milan.
Lukaku excelled during his time at the San Siro as he racked up 64 goals in 95 matches.
His impressive form landed him a mega payday at Chelsea – but Lukaku admits he dreamed of moving to rival clubs before eventually joining the Blues.
“There are three teams at the top level – Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich,” Lukaku said in an interview with Sky Sport Italia.
“All the players dream of them – that’s the truth. I thought I was going to one of those clubs after Inter.”
Lukaku has come under fire this week after admitting he wasn’t happy with his situation at Stamford Bridge.
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The powerhouse forward was billed for big things after making his Premier League return and scored on his second Blues debut against Arsenal.
He backed that up with a brace against Aston Villa three weeks later – but the 28-year-old has since endured a tough set of circumstances in the capital.
Lukaku suffered an ankle sprain during October’s Champions League clash with Malmo.
He missed a string of games, before returning as a substitute during his side’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Manchester United at the end of November.
But Lukaku appears to have fallen out of favour and has only started one league game since returning to fitness.
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Blues boss Thomas Tuchel instead opted for either Kai Havertz or Christian Pulisic to lead the line throughout December.
Lukaku was also forced to sit out matches against Everton and Wolves after contracting coronavirus.
Earlier this month in the same interview he voiced his frustrations over his lack of gametime.
And he even admitted he would like to return to Inter.
“I’m not happy with the situation – this is normal,” Lukaku said as the interview was aired on Thursday.
“But I am a worker and I must not give up.
“I want to say a big apology to the Inter fans because I think the way I left should have been different.
“I really hope in the depths of my heart to return to Inter, not at the end of my career, but at a still good level to hopefully win more.”
Lukaku is set for showdown talks with Tuchel in light of his comments but will be hoping to keep his place in the starting line-up when Chelsea host Liverpool on Sunday.
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