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Lukaku distances himself from agent's claim he wants talks over Chelsea future

Romelu Lukaku has distanced himself from his agent's claim that the striker wants to hold talks with Chelsea this summer over his future at the club.

Lukaku joined Chelsea in a club-record £97.5m transfer from Inter Milan at the start of the season but has struggled to justify his hefty price tag.

The 29-year-old has been hampered by illness, injury and a lack of form, leading to him scoring just 15 goals in 42 games across all competitions for the Blues this season.

Lukaku gave a controversial interview to Sky in Italy in December in which he questioned Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel's tactics and raised the prospect of returning to Inter.

Since then, the striker has often found himself on the bench, with Tuchel preferring Kai Havertz as his No 9, although Lukaku has found form in the past week having scored three goals in the Blues' last two games

Federico Pastorello, Lukaku's agent, gave an interview to Italian newspaper La Repubblica, published on Friday, in which he admitted his client had encountered "problems" at Stamford Bridge during the campaign and would seek talks with Chelsea, who are set to be taken over by Todd Boehly's consortium this month.

Pastorello said: "Given the figures of the transfer, no one could have expected such a situation. I'm not the one to discuss technical choices, but it is obvious that there was a problem.

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