Romelu Lukaku has only scored five Premier League goals this season and Belgium manager Roberto Martinez is refusing to guarantee the striker a spot in his starting XI.
Video not available
Lukaku, 28 years old, is one of the biggest names in European football but has only scored 5 goals Premier League goal since joining The Blues from Inter Milan last summer. He has been at the forefront of Belgium’s attack for more than a decade, scoring 68 goals in 101 caps.
Lukaku’s form drops after admitting he is not happy at Stamford Bridge. Since last Christmas’ controversial interview – for which he has since apologized – he has not scored in the Premier League. Nor has he started any of Chelsea’s last five matches.
And now Martinez is refusing to guarantee Lukaku a starting spot in his Belgium squad for this year’s World Cup in Qatar, which begins in November. Everton and Wigan’s coach said he would assess the striker’s situation after the summer transfer window.
“We’re talking about players, like Romelu, who has more than 100 caps for the national team and is part of a group of players who know the national team well,” Martinez told reporters.
“I’m not going to judge or assess the condition of any player until after the summer because that’s not a normal situation. There’s still seven months to the World Cup and maybe you’ll go in. details of how a player feels as it gets closer to it now.
Michael Regan / Getty Images)
Should Romelu Lukaku leave Chelsea this summer? Let us know in the comments below!
“But there will be a lot of players who change clubs or will feel a different way in the summer. Romelu needs to be assessed on how he feels in September, the same way Eden Hazard and some others do. But he’s one of those players whose summer could be a pivotal moment in their careers.”
On his relationship with Lukaku, Martinez added: “We always talk, I have a very close relationship with all of my players. I would never tell a player what to do. But we always share thoughts. Right now, Romelu is in a very good place.” He is very committed.
“He’s delighted to win the Club World Cup and the next step is to finish the season strong for Chelsea and make sure he can feel he’s so important.”
As it stands, Lukaku will not be allowed to leave Chelsea this summer due to the sanctions imposed on owner Roman Abramovich. The Russian tycoon was sanctioned by the British government for allegedly having ties to Vladimir Putinsomething that he denies.
Russia waging a bloody and gratuitous war in Ukraine. Chelsea are operating under a special license that limits their revenue streams. They cannot sell players, as the government fears the proceeds of the transaction will fund Putin’s war machine.
Regarding Lukaku’s future, Tuchel said: “We can neither sell nor buy. Romelu still plays an important role in our plans. I feel he is very motivated, very strong. in training. We’re very involved when we’re competing… we need every player and of course Romelu.”