‘He wasn’t committed’ — Gary Neville gives brutal verdict on Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku

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Gary Neville has backed Thomas Tuchel’s decision to drop Romelu Lukaku for Chelsea’s game against Liverpool on Sunday.

Lukaku was omitted from the match day squad, after granting an interview, where he revealed he wasn’t happy at Chelsea.

The £97.5m signing from Inter Milan, had previously played for Manchester United, and United legend Gary Neville has said that the Belgian never looked committed or professional at Manchester United.

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He told Sky Sports, “I think he’s made absolutely the right call. I think if we’re looking at it from a neutral and a media point of view we can’t criticise Romelu Lukaku for being honest.

“However, I have to say if I was a Chelsea manager, player, fan or owner I’d be absolutely furious.

“I remember when he was at Old Trafford I didn’t feel he was committed at Old Trafford a few years ago and it’s your own club.

“I didn’t feel he was committed at Old Trafford. I didn’t shed a tear when he left because I didn’t feel he was always professional.

“He’s told the truth, it’s an uncomfortable truth and it’s very difficult to unravel the truth but I do think he [Tuchel] will reintegrate him over the next couple of weeks.

“I don’t think he’ll cut his losses in January. I do think there will be some form of apology and contrition in the next week or so.

“I think he’s done the right thing today. I think to not make a stand against a player who has done an interview like that in midweek would make him look weak and it’s what his fans would want from him as well.”

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