According to Graham Souness, Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku must apologize for what he described as the ridiculous and damaging statement the Belgian made before he is brought back to the Chelsea fold.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel dropped the £98million striker in the 2 all draw against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in their first game of the Premier League in 2022 after the Belgian expressed his frustration at the club during an interview that was publicized recently.
Lukaku, who returned to Chelsea from Inter Milan last summer disclosed his unhappiness with the role he was playing on the pitch under Tuchel recently and would love to make a return to Inter Milan in the future.
Souness, who is working as a pundit with Sky Sports, said: “We’re trying to understand how a player could get his head where it has been to come out with such a ridiculous and damaging statement.
“I think he has come back (from injury), he’s not gone straight into the team, (there is) enormous disappointment attached to that and he has come out with the nonsense he has come out with, which is totally disrespectful.
“He’s 29 years old (actually 28), he’s not 19. He should have known better that this statement damages the football club enormously.
“It is like walking into the dressing room and saying to the other 25 guys, ‘I don’t want to be with you anymore. I know what I’d be like, ‘if you don’t fancy it here, there’s the… door, and on you go.
“He has got to hold his hand up and say it wasn’t the right place, ‘I made a mistake, I apologize unreservedly.
“He has lit a fire, a fire that only he can put out. The solution has to come from him. He can’t be expected to be welcomed back into the fold if he is unrepentant.
“He has got to find a way of saying, ‘Sorry I’ve got it wrong.”
Meanwhile, former Chelsea forward Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, feels that a resolution can be reached.
The Dutchman said: “I think there has to be a way back because he is an asset at the club. They have spent money and I don’t see somebody now giving that same money back.
“It is an investment and you have to find a way back with Lukaku, but he has to understand these are the terms, this is the way forward.
“Yes, you have come in as the main striker but you have to show you are the main striker and be in line with all the others who are part of the team.”