Later News Aug 11

Tuchel admits Abraham upset with lack of game time at Chelsea, remains coy over Lukaku transfer


While Chelsea fans salivate at the prospect of welcoming the prodigal son, Romelu Lukaku, back to the club, one individual at Stamford Bridge is far from enthused with the impending signing.

 

That person is none other than fellow striker Tammy Abraham, who remains on the fringes of the first-team despite impressing in his 80-odd appearances for the Blues so far.

 

Understandably already upset that he cannot get into the first-team ahead of Timo Werner, a player who misses so badly he would have ended up castrating Thanos if he aimed for his head, Abraham’s mood will not be helped knowing that he will fall further down the pecking order with the arrival of Lukaku.

 

WATCH: Chelsea defender Rudiger describes Lukaku as a 'beast'

 

As such, the 23-year-old is understood to be seeking a move away from Stamford Bridge, with the likes of AS Roma and Arsenal believed to be interested in his services.

 

While Roma is reportedly on the verge of agreeing a loan with obligation to buy deal for Abraham, the striker is believed to be none too keen to join the Italian side, and would instead prefer to join the Gunners.

 

Arsenal, however, will need to first sell Alexandre Lacazette in order to reduce the size of their squad, which is currently as bloated as the lovechild of Peter Griffin and Homer Simpson.

 

When asked about Abraham’s situation at Chelsea during his press conference for his team’s upcoming Super Cup clash against Villarreal, manager Thomas Tuchel admitted that he had perhaps mismanaged the Englishman’s career over the last year or so.

 

WATCH: Abraham's breakthrough season for Chelsea

 

“He was clearly not happy with the last half a year and maybe he has reason also not to be happy,” Tuchel mused. “Maybe it was also my fault not to push him, not to trust him on the same level that I trusted other players.

 

“I can absolutely understand that he wants more minutes. So, the decision will be 'how do we plan, what are Tammy's plans, does he fight his way back into the team from the position where he ended last season or does he want to change club to have the chance of being a regular starter?

 

“Tammy is one of these players where we constantly evaluate the situation and adapt to the needs, but for tomorrow, there is no news now.

 

“He is available, he is in training today and available for the starting 11 and to come off the bench.”

 

Tuchel, however, refused to divulge any information about the reported €115m (S$183m) deal for Lukaku, although reports suggest that the Belgium international is set to fly to London this week to complete his medicals.

 

WATCH: Tuchel addresses Lukaku rumours

 

“Today there is nothing to announce,” Tuchel insisted. “It will always stay like this that I will not talk about it until the moment we have something to be announced.”

 

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