Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has said Romelu lukaku cannot expect everyone to be super happy after his interview that generated a lot of mix reactions from Chelsea fans.
Tuchel reveals Lukaku will be fined
Tuchel praised the “close relationship” he has with the Chelsea board after smoothing over the Lukaku drama and revealed that the Belgium international will be fined for taking part in the interview.
Chelsea managers always come off worse amid disharmony with the board, but Tuchel has forged robust links with directors Petr Cech and Marina Granovskaia.
Now that hard work and cooperative spirit appears to have borne fruit, with Tuchel receiving vindication for his strong stance.
Tuchel says Lukaku has apologised and has returned to the squad for the Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham
“There will be some discipline actions,” said Tuchel. “Something happened, he will be fined and of course, he needs to accept it.
“It’s not about I push my opinions through or the club pushes their opinions through. We are adults and we reflect the situation.
“The more the story went on, I had a clear opinion and I was happy that was OK with the club to go with it.
“We have a very open, close relationship and we can find very quick solutions, without any political interference, putting any disturbing factor aside and just looking at the isolated issue. We went from there.
“It was very nice to be a part of it. Between Petr, Marina and me, it was very calm, quick and open.”
While Tuchel is happy to have Lukaku back in contention for selection, the German coach also insisted the former Inter Milan striker must now take responsibility himself to resolve the commotion.
He added: “Maybe we will have a bit of smell still from it of course. He can handle it, but he also has no other choice.
“He cannot expect everybody to be super happy the very next day.
“But he’s still our player and we have good, good reasons and a lot of reasons to make him play for us, and to convince him and to fight hard that he’s our player. We’re happy he’s our player, we will protect him.”