Tuchel says Lukaku is not 'playing the part he wants' at Chelsea as he gives transfer update on striker and Christensen
THOMAS TUCHEL has given an update on the future of Chelsea stars Romelu Lukaku and Andreas Christensen.
Lukaku, 28, has been forced to play second fiddle to Kai Havertz over recent months as his form has significantly dropped off.
It comes after his future was thrown into question towards the end of 2021 when he did an interview where he fuelled reports of a return to Inter Milan.
However, Chelsea cannot currently sign or sell any players due to the restrictions placed upon owner Roman Abramovich.
And Blues boss Tuchel highlighted this when quizzed about Lukaku's future at Stamford Bridge – although he did admit his position in the squad is not where he wants it to be.
When asked about Lukaku, the German coach said: "The situation in the moment is that we cannot sell or buy players.
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"Romelu still plays a big part. Maybe not the part he wants to play.
"I feel him very motivated. He's a winner, and he will stay a winner, and stay important for us."
Meanwhile, earlier this month Barcelona president Joan Laporta all but confirmed that Christensen will join them on a free transfer at the end of the season.
And Tuchel did not deny those rumours as the club prepare for the Dane to depart.
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"We heard the same rumours, yes – it's like this," Tuchel said about Christensen's links with Barcelona.
"It's not confirmed yet as I didn't speak to Andreas about it. But we heard the same rumours, yes."
Both Lukaku and Christensen started Saturday's clash with Brentford on the bench.
Chelsea go into the game five points ahead of Arsenal but 13 off league leaders Liverpool.
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