'Sorry' Lukaku mending Chelsea bridges

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Romelu Lukaku has offered a direct apology to Chelsea supporters in a bid to build bridges after his controversial interview revealing unhappiness at Stamford Bridge.

The club-record signing has already said sorry internally at Chelsea and returned to training, but has now moved to address Blues fans personally.

The Belgium striker was in hot water with Chelsea after telling Sky Sport Italy last week of his dissatisfaction at the club, just months after his Stg98 million ($A183m) summer transfer from Inter Milan.

Lukaku was omitted from Sunday's 2-2 Premier League draw with Liverpool, but is now in contention to feature in Wednesday's League Cup semi-final first leg against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.

"To the fans I'm sorry for the upset that I've caused," Lukaku told Chelsea's official club website.

"You guys know the connection I have with this club since my teenage years, so I totally understand you guys being upset.

"Obviously it's up to me now to restore your trust, and I'll do my best every day to show commitment on the training ground and in games to make sure we win games.

"And also to the manager, my teammates and the board, I apologise, because I think it was not the right moment, also."

Chelsea's board and senior players backed manager Thomas Tuchel in his decision to drop Lukaku for the draw with Liverpool.

The German has insisted he is now satisfied, after talks on Monday, that Lukaku did not intend to cause such deep damage and has accepted the apology as fully genuine.

"For me the most important thing was to understand and clearly understand he did not do this intentionally to create noise in front of such a big game," Tuchel said.

Lukaku's fulsome apologies have now paved the way for a full return to first-team action.

"It's not that big as maybe people want it to be, but it's also not small," Tuchel said.

"But it is small enough to stay calm, accept an apology and to move on forward.

"He's very aware of what happened and what he created and he feels the responsibility to clean the mess up."

Lukaku insisted his Sky Sport Italy interview was only ever designed as a respectful goodbye to Inter fans - but that he now understands the damage caused by his comments.

"I think I should have been much clearer in my message to be honest," he said.

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