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Thomas Tuchel Refuses to Comment on Romelu Lukaku Links as Inter Brace for Chelsea Bid

By Amreen
Lukaku has reportedly told Inter he wants to rejoin Chelsea
Lukaku has reportedly told Inter he wants to rejoin Chelsea / Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Thomas Tuchel has refused to get drawn into speculation over Romelu Lukaku's links to Chelsea as the Inter striker continues to be linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

Earlier this week, DiMarzio revealed that the Blues offered around £88million plus Marcos Alonso for the Belgian, but the offer was turned down by the Serie A champions, who have insisted they need Lukaku to remain at the club.

However, Goal reported that the defending Champions League holders are prepared to return with a second bid, and Lukaku is reportedly open to returning to the club. But Tuchel is keeping his cards close to his chest as the new Premier League season draws near.

He told reporters: “I will not talk about players who don't play in my squad. He's a fantastic player but he's an Inter player and I will not talk about him in this situation. You can imagine a lot of players want to come and join but we will not talk about that.

“The board isn't offering players, that's not how it works. We talk to the board about players, have our own opinions, and in the end we target players who in our opinion could make our squad strong, which is quite a challenge.

“There are some players of which we think they can be a good target and improvement in our squad. I will not comment on names as I don't like it when other coaches speak about my players. So hopefully you understand that.”

Chelsea are keen to bring in a new striker and have turned their attention to other targets after Borussia Dortmund insisted they wouldn't part ways with Erling Haaland.

Lukaku played a key role in Inter's title win last season, scoring 24 goals, and had previously insisted he is happy at the club, and is fully focused on the new campaign.