Mauricio Pochettino confirms Romelu Lukaku’s Chelsea career is over


Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that Romelu Lukaku’s career at Chelsea has come to an end.

The 30-year-old striker re-joined the Blues in 2021 for a then club record £97.5million deal from Inter Milan.

But Lukaku was often a source of frustration for fans as he scored just eight Premier League goals in his first season back.

Last campaign, he went back to Inter on loan, but struggled to recapture the form that saw Chelsea break the bank to re-sign him.

Now Lukaku wants to leave the club permanently with a new manager in the Stamford Bridge dugout seemingly not changing his mind.

The striker has not travelled with the rest of the Chelsea squad for their tour of the US as he looks to secure a move away from the club

Asked about his decision to keep Lukaku at home, manager Pochettino explained: “It is the club and of course it is an interesting situation.

“When this type of decision is [made, it is] because they all agree. The player and club are working hard to try and find best solution.”

He continued: “It is obvious the decision had been made on the side of the player also. We act in consequence of the decision. The club and player are in the position they wanted.”

Lukaku had looked likely to re-join Inter Milan on a permanent deal.

However, after discovering that advisors working on behalf of Lukaku had secret talks with Juventus, Inter pulled out of the race.