Lukaku's Lawyer: He wouldn’t do unauthorised interview again

Fri 01 July 2022 | 18:01

Romelu Lukaku’s lawyer has said that the Inter forward would not give the Sky interview again that he gave whilst at Chelsea.


returned to

Inter Milan

on Wednesday on a season-long loan after a disappointing season at



Lukaku set up an unauthorized interview with Italian media back in December. Lukaku in that interview declared his dream of returning to Serie A in the future and criticized Thomas Tuchel's tactics.

"This interview was from the heart and was perhaps awkward,"

Sebastien Ledure told La Libre.

"It was an initiative that he took on his own and that he probably wouldn't take again.

"He suffered the consequences of this for the remainder of the season as it weighed down his daily work environment.

"But he quickly made it clear to me that, given he is 29 and at the peak of his career, he could not afford to lose another year. It's an open secret that he was not on the same wavelength as his coach.

"But the negotiations only started at the end of the season.”

Lukaku’s lawyer admits the return to Inter would not be possible under the old Chelsea ownership.

"At first, nobody believed it was going to happen,"

he continued.

"The question was: how can a player who was sold for more than €100m go back to the same club that says there is no money to take him back?

"On top of that, you should know that during the transfer last year, relations between the former management of Chelsea and the management of Inter were very tense.

"If there hadn't been a change of ownership at Chelsea, I doubt this deal would have been possible.”

Sebastien Ledure says is not correct that Romelu Lukaku is giving up around half of his salary to join Inter.

"Yes [Lukaku agreed to a salary cut],"

Ledure added.

"But much less than what the press says. I read that he cut his salary by a third or a half. It's not true. He's still the highest-paid player in Serie A.

"All three parties made concessions which are smart. Our job was to get the best possible deal for my client, not for Chelsea or Inter. Romelu pays us, not the clubs."

Ledure insists that Lukaku only wanted to join Inter this summer.

"They were big clubs whose names I won't mention,"

the lawyer said.

"But these leads were never really serious because Romelu decided very quickly that he wanted to go to Inter.

"He spoke several times with the Inter coach, as he had with [Antonio] Conte before signing for Inter in 2019, to make sure everyone was on the same page."

source: SportMob

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