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‘There’s your daddy’: Tuchel’s joke about Lukaku’s bond with Conte ‘broke their relationship’

REVEALED: Thomas Tuchel ‘told flop Romelu Lukaku’ ‘there’s your father’ when he saw Tottenham boss Antonio Conte on TV’ – in a ‘joke’ that angered the No 9 when their Chelsea relationship collapsed

  • Thomas Tuchel ‘severed his bond’ with Romelu Lukaku after a joke gone wrong
  • He reportedly joked that ex-Inter boss Antonio Conte was Lukaku’s ‘father’
  • The Belgian international completed his loan back to Inter on Wednesday
  • Lukaku scored 64 goals in 95 appearances for Conte while playing in Serie A

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel reportedly ‘broke his relationship’ with Romelu Lukaku when he joked about Antonio Conte ‘didn’t go down well’.

The troubled Belgian striker completed his transfer to Inter on Wednesday, less than 12 months after arriving at Stamford Bridge for a club-record £97.5million.

Lukaku, who scored just eight times in 26 Premier League appearances last season, made no secret of his desire to return to the Italian giants during a controversial interview with Sky Italy last December.

Romelu Lukaku had a disappointing season after joining Chelsea for £98million last summer

Romelu Lukaku had a disappointing season after joining Chelsea for £98million last summer

His bond with Thomas Tuchel 'broke after the Blues boss made a joke about Antonio Conte'

His bond with Thomas Tuchel ‘broke after the Blues boss made a joke about Antonio Conte’

The 29-year-old, on the other hand, scored 64 goals in 95 appearances at Inter under Conte, helping to secure the Serie A title in 2020/21.

Tuchel’s relationship with Lukaku was said to have been severed after he made a joke that “didn’t go down well.”

While watching a game with Spurs, the Blues boss insulted Lukaku by joking that Conte was his “daddy,” according to GOAL reporter Nizar Kinsella

Lukaku's 64 goals in 95 games helped Inter and ex-chief Conte win the Serie A title in 2020/21

Lukaku’s 64 goals in 95 games helped Inter and ex-chief Conte win the Serie A title in 2020/21

The journalist who talked about The Italian Football Podcastclaimed the incident worsened the couple’s relationship.

He explained: “To see him talk so highly of Inter was an insult to the Chelsea fans. It broke off the relationship with them.

“And there was another behind-the-scenes incident that wasn’t televised or anything like that.

“Someone told me that Lukaku and Tuchel were watching a Tottenham game and Tuchel said, ‘There’s your father’, about Antonio Conte.

The striker made no secret of his desire to leave Chelsea during an interview last December

The striker made no secret of his desire to leave Chelsea during an interview last December

Lukaku smiled as he waved to the crowd and shook hands at Milan airport on Tuesday

Lukaku smiled as he waved to the crowd and shook hands at Milan airport on Tuesday

“It was just a joke, but apparently Lukaku didn’t like it very much.”

When he landed in Milan on Tuesday to complete his medical at the club, Lukaku greeted Inter fans with smiles and handshakes, delighted to put the unsettling Chelsea spell in his wake.

Meanwhile, the West London club are on the cusp of a deal worth £55million plus extras for Leeds winger Raphinha.

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