New Chelsea boss Pochettino outlines expectations for Lukaku

Lukaku looking to leave Chelsea

New Chelsea boss Pochettino outlines expectations for Lukaku

Ayoola Kelechi 08:48 - 08.07.2023

Romelu Lukaku could still have a role to play at Chelsea according to new boss Mauricio Pochettino

New Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino has outlined his expectations for Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku and other players who want to be part of the Blues’ team.

Pochettino officially resumes Chelsea role

Pochettino was named Chelsea’s permanent manager, taking over from Graham Potter, who was asked to leave in March, and Frank Lampard, who was caretaker boss until the end of the 2022/23 season.

Chelsea's new manager Mauricio Pochettino
Chelsea's new manager Mauricio Pochettino

The Argentine manager has set about his new job at Chelsea, resuming officially in July, and has stated his expectations for any player who intends to be part of his team when first-team training resumes on the 12th of July, including Lukaku, who spent last season on loan at Inter.

Pochettino expecting Lukaku to resume training with the rest of the squad

While speaking at a press conference, Pochettino was asked about Lukaku’s future and his plans for the Belgium international, and the new Blues boss noted that he expected to see the former Everton and Manchester United man when the team resumed training.

He said, “The situation, all of the parts, know what we think. I think in that case he needs to come back in 12th or 13th to be in the squad to start pre-season.

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“Yeah, like all of the players when they arrive, they come to my office to say hello. If he is still a Chelsea player.”

Lukaku has pushed for another move to Inter this summer, but with Chelsea demanding an outright transfer while Inter insist on another loan deal, all things point to the Belgian striker remaining with the Blues for the 2023/24 season.

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