Romelu Lukaku pressured Thomas Tuchel to give him “clarity” before an explosive interview came to light in which he hits out at the Chelsea boss.
The striker, 28, has declared he is “not happy with the situation” at Stamford Bridge and criticised the “system” Tuchel is using.
Lukaku also pledged he would return to Inter Milan in the future less than five months after leaving San Siro to join the Blues for £97.5million.
Lukaku opened the scoring in the first half and the Blues led for over an hour before Danny Welbeck dealt their title ambitions another major blow with his added-time strike.
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The Belgian could not hide his frustrations with another sub-par result at the full-time whistle, and his eye-opening chat with Sky Sport Italia hands Tuchel another headache.
The specific date Lukaku gave the interview is unknown, but the Daily Telegraph reports he was speaking roughly three weeks ago.
“Me and the coach, we had a couple of conversations about whatever he wanted from me,” Lukaku told ESPN Brasil.
“Obviously, I told him I’m multidimensional. It’s just about having a bit of clarity about how he wants to use me. And then whatever he wants from me, I can do whatever aspects he wants for the game.
“I can run in behind, I can press, I can hold the ball up. So I think throughout the years these are qualities I added to my game.
“So I just wanted an opportunity, I got it today, I’m happy that I helped the team, now I just want to move forward.”
Although Lukaku has a respectable tally of seven goals and two assists in 18 games this season, his involvement has been restricted by coronavirus and a hamstring sprain.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s form has stuttered in recent weeks and their underwhelming draws with Everton, Wolves and Brighton – during which the Blues scored just twice – leave them eight points behind league-leaders Manchester City.
This means the stakes could hardly be higher as Chelsea usher in the New Year by hosting Liverpool on Sunday, as nothing but three points will keep them in the title race.