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Inter Milan chief explains how Thomas Tuchel sacking could affect Romelu Lukaku’s future | Football

Lukaku lashed out at Tuchel’s tactics last year (Image: Getty)

Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta says it is “difficult to predict” what future Romelu Lukaku will have after Thomas Tuchel’s sacking.

Tuchel was relieved of his duties at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday morning following the club’s 1-0 defeat by Dinamo Zagreb in their Champions League group stage opener.

It comes after the German lost the confidence of the club’s board and squad as Graham Potter is now set to replace him in west London.

Lukaku was among the high-profile departures during a busy summer at Stamford Bridge and returned to Inter Milan on loan for £97m just a year after joining from the Nerazzurri.

Last December, the Belgium international gave an explosive interview in which he criticized Tuchel’s tactics and insisted he wasn’t happy with his role under the coach.

Now that Tuchel has been sacked, there’s a chance the striker could once again be part of Chelsea’s future plans with his current loan deal with Inter, with no commitment to making the deal permanent.

‘It’s fresh news. I don’t know what the impact will be,” Marotta told Sky Italia, reacting to Tuchel’s sacking.

Graham Potter

Potter is set to take over at Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty)

“We’re really keen to get the best contribution out of Lukaku and then we’ll sit down at the end of the season and discuss it with Chelsea.

“I don’t know if a change of coach means his return will be automatic, it’s hard to predict today.”

Lukaku has scored once for Inter this season and has missed the last two games through injury.

Following his departure from Stamford Bridge, Chelsea brought in former Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to spearhead their attack, signing the Gabonese international from Barcelona.

Upon arriving at Chelsea, Aubameyang said: “It will be an honor and a pleasure again [to play with Tuchel], we had some good times together in Dortmund so I’m really happy to play for him again. We’re going to achieve some big things I’m sure and I’ll try to help the team.”

Aubameyang previously worked under Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund but their reunion would last less than a week, with the striker playing just 59 minutes under his old manager before being sacked.

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