• Romelu Lukaku moved from Inter Milan to Chelsea in the 2021 summer
  • At $132 million, Lukaku is Chelsea's record signing
  • He has played 18 games so far this season

Romelu Lukaku will reportedly not leave Chelsea in the ongoing January transfer window after having a positive chat with head coach Thomas Tuchel.

Lukaku invited trouble when he said in an interview that he was unhappy with Tuchel's system at Chelsea and would like to return to Inter Milan someday. As a result, Tuchel dropped Lukaku from Chelsea's squad for their home league game against Liverpool, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

Tuchel is set to restore Lukaku to his side when Chelsea will take on Tottenham in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final Wednesday. This comes after the Belgian forward expressed regret for going public about his displeasure at Stamford Bridge, reported The Guardian.

Moreover, Lukaku's transfer away from Chelsea has never been discussed and he will not leave in the underway market or in the summer of 2022, according to Sky Sports.

The report also claimed that Lukaku confirmed he wanted to join Chelsea this summer and was not forced to join the side because his request for a new contract was rejected by Inter Milan.

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia reportedly played a role in helping Lukaku and Tuchel clear the air. Tuchel had the backing of the club's hierarchy and his squad when he decided to drop Lukaku for the Liverpool game.

Lukaku, who moved from Inter Milan to Chelsea at $132 million, is the Blues' record signing. Having played a total of 18 games across all competitions in the 2021-22 season so far, Lukaku has netted seven goals, along with two assists.

"Physically I'm fine, even better than before. After two years in Italy, in which I worked a lot at Inter with coaches and nutritionists, I am physically fine. I'm not happy with the situation and that's only natural. The head coach has decided to play a different system and I mustn't let up, I need to keep working hard and be professional. I'm not happy with the situation but I'm a grafter and I mustn't let up," Lukaku said in a recent interview, which led to the whole saga with Tuchel.

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku
Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku AFP / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS

There is no doubt Lukaku will have a crucial part to play in Chelsea's quest for a trophy this season. Following the draw with Liverpool, Tuchel's side has fallen 10 points behind table-toppers Manchester City in the title race.