Lukaku was ‘not happy’ with bit-part role

Romelu Lukaku was “not happy” about his bit-part role prior to his recent recall to the Chelsea side.

The striker, 28, returned for a second spell at Stamford Bridge when he was signed from Inter Milan for £97.5m in August.

He had an ankle injury and more recently tested positive for Covid-19, but feels he should have had a more prominent role this season.

Lukaku told Sky Sport Italia in an interview recorded several weeks ago – prior to discussions with Blues boss Thomas Tuchel – but aired on Thursday that he wanted to go back to Inter in the near future.

“I’m not happy with the situation, this is normal,” said Lukaku at the time. “But I am a worker and I must not give up.

“I think the boss has decided to play a different formation but I have to stick at it and get on with it professionally.”

Lukaku has netted seven goals in 18 appearances for Chelsea this season and has scored in his past two outings, including in the 1-1 draw with Brighton on Wednesday, when he returned to the starting line-up.