Romelu Lukaku has released a new video apologising to the Chelsea fans for the upset he caused after vocalising his unhappiness at the club.
An interview with the Blues forward in December whipped up a storm – which led Thomas Tuchel to drop him for the 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.
It recently emerged Lukaku was advised not to do the interview and was surprised by the ‘brutal’ reaction.
But in a sit down chat with the club’s media channel, the 28-year-old star said sorry unreservedly.
Speaking directly to the camera, he said: “To the fans I’m sorry for the upset I caused.
“It’s up to me now to restore your trust and I’ll do my best to show commitment every day on the training ground and to try and win games.
“To the manager I apologise and also to my team-mates and the board because it was not the right moment.
“You know the connection I’ve had to this club since my teenage years, so I totally understand you guys being upset.
“I want to move forward and start winning football games.
“I totally understand [why the fans are upset].
“I should’ve been much clearer in my message to be totally honest.
“The interview was about saying goodbye to the Inter fans, it was not about trying to disrespect the [Chelsea] fans and the football club, the owner, my team-mates and the manager.
“They made a lot of effort to bring me back here and I wanted to come back here, I’ve been on a mission since I left.
“I totally understand the frustrations of the fans but now it’s on me to show that my commitment is 100 per cent and I’ll do that every game.
“They don’t need to question [my commitment]. I always said I wanted to come here and to be successful, that’s why I signed a five-year deal.
“I think Chelsea is a club that equals success.
“All the players that come here come for winning and I have a special passion for this club.
“I want to achieve that with this club, I want to win here for many years. I want to make sure I show my commitment every day.”
Lukaku also suggested in the original interview that he’d like a transfer to Bayern Munich or Real Madrid.
But he clarified those statements and said that wasn’t what he meant.
He added: “What I meant by that is that kids have dreams of playing for those type of clubs.
“For me, that dream was Chelsea.
“Everybody knows that being 10 or 11, I always want to play for Chelsea.
“There are images when I came with my school on a trip that I wanted to play for Chelsea.
“I came when I was 18, it didn’t go so well, now I’m back at 28 in the prime years of my career, I can’t mess this up.
“I worked hard for the last 10 years to get this opportunity and I’m really happy to be here.”