Romelu Lukaku has enjoyed a unique career which has endured its fair share of ups and downs.
Aged just 28, he has already represented six clubs – with this his second stint at Chelsea – and has notched up over 300 senior goals across his career.
The fallout from his recent interviews have divided opinion in football, with some quarters praising him for what they perceive to be an open and honest interview; with others condemning the striker’s seeming undermining of his club and manager.
Of course, this is not the first time in Lukaku’s career that he has upset fans of the club he represented – and on each previous occasion, the result has been a transfer away.
That may not happen at Stamford Bridge, where he may find peace with Thomas Tuchel and force his way back into the starting line-up, scoring goals and firing the Blues to success.
If this is to happen, Chelsea will have to learn the lessons from Lukaku’s fallout at Manchester United – whom he left in 2019.
Few tears were shed by the United faithful when the Belgian striker departed, having never hit the heights at Old Trafford and a public falling out with the club.
After leaving United, Lukaku gave an interview where he outlined how he felt that the club did not ‘protect’ him from the media glare – which has seemingly repeated itself this week at Chelsea.
“A lot of stuff has been said where I didn’t feel protected,” Lukaku said in the aftermath of his exit from Manchester.
“I felt like a lot of rumours, ‘Rom going there’, ‘they don’t want Rom’, and nobody came out to shut it down.
“It was for a good three, four weeks. I’m waiting for someone to come out and shut it down. It didn’t happen.
“I had my conversation, told them it was better to go our separate ways. If you don’t want to protect somebody, all these rumours come out. I just wanted you to say ‘Rom is going to fight for his place’, but it never happened for four, five months.
“It was all, ‘he’s got to go, he doesn’t deserve to be there’. Well okay, then I want to go now. There is fighting for your position, but also being somewhere that people want you to be.
“If you’re happy, you find a way, it doesn’t matter if you’re on the bench or starting.
“But nobody told me that was the situation, so I thought for two, three weeks to analyse, see all this s*** coming out in the media. Who leaks it? Not me. Not my agent. I see it on my phone come out of nowhere.
“I told them it’s not good for me to be at a place where I’m not wanted. We’re not stupid. They consider us dumb, but we are not dumb, we know who is doing leaks and stuff. I told them, you can’t be working like this, it’s better for me to go now.”
Prior to his increasingly inevitable departure from Old Trafford, Lukaku leaked data from United training in an attempt to end negative comments about his speed.
The Belgian uploaded a video showing every United player’s maximum speed following a drill in training – which was not authorised by the club to be shared.
The data showed that only Diogo Dalot finished – with a spead of 36.43km/hour – finished ahead of Lukaku, who clocked in at 36.25km/h.
Tahith Chong, Marcus Rashford and Daniel James completed the top five, with Luke Shaw shown to rank bottom of the data – behind Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic.
Salah overtakes Ronaldo as Premier League’s highest-paid player with new deal
Mohamed Salah’s new £400,000-per-week salary at Liverpool has made him the top earner in the Premier League, according to Daily Mail.
The Egyptian has ended speculation about his future, by putting pen to paper on a bumper deal until 2025.
Salah is now ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) and Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), who are on reported salaries of £385,000-per-week.
City’s new striker, Erling Haaland, is close behind on £375,000-per-week, the same wage as United goalkeeper David de Gea.
Salah, however, ranks as the fourth highest-paid footballer in the world.
The 30-year-old’s wages is dwarfed by those ahead of him, all of whom play for Paris Saint-Germain.
Neymar comes in at third-place with £606,000-per-week.
Lionel Messi took a pay cut when he joined PSG from Barcelona last summer, but he’s still on a stunning salary of £960,000-per-week.
Messi was the biggest earner in the world until a few weeks ago, when he was overtaken by team-mate Kylian Mbappe, who signed a new three-year contract with the Ligue 1 side reported to be worth £1million-per-week.
PSG to offload Messi
Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly planning to offload forward Lionel Messi this summer, according to Spanish journalist Pedro Morata via PSG Talk.
Messi joined PSG last summer from his boyhood club, Barcelona.
The Argentine captain failed to live up to expectations, scoring just 11 goals from 34 games across competitions for PSG.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, though, has shown signs of a revival over the summer.
Messi was outstanding for La Albiceleste in the last few games, scoring goals for fun and winning the Finalissima.
However, it appears PSG have run out of patience with Messi.
PSG’s new sporting director Luis Campos is planning a squad revamp and is also ready to axe Messi.
EPL: Arsenal agree deal with 25-year-old midfielder
Arsenal have agreed on personal terms with 25-year-old Leicester City midfielder, Youri Tielemans.
This claim was made by respected Journalist Ben Jacobs.
According to Jacobs, Arsenal have ‘put in a heck lot of work’ to secure a deal for the Belgium international.
Speaking to GiveMeSport, Ben Jacobs was quoted as saying: “Arsenal have put in a heck of a lot of work into Tielemans.
“They have agreed personal terms, and their talks with Tielemans date back for the best part of a year. But for whatever reason, Arsenal have decided not to swoop just yet and actually table a bid with Leicester City.
“And if they do so, and agree a fee at the lowest end £25 million, at the highest end £32 million, they will get Youri Tielemans.”
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