Romelu Lukaku’s future at Chelsea was called into question earlier this week when the striker said in an interview with Sky Sports Italy that he was “not satisfied” with his current scenario.
The Belgian striker joined Chelsea from Inter Milan for a world-record fee of £97.5 million in the summer and has scored seven goals in 18 appearances for the Blues.
Lukaku confessed he was disappointed with the formations Thomas Tuchel chose to play after missing huge chunks of the season due to illness and injuries and talked regretfully about his exit from Inter Milan.
Lukaku and Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel met on Monday to discuss the incident, leaving fans wondering whether the Belgian will wear the blue shirt again this season.
There will always be player and manager conflict, especially when two large egos collide, but here are five that created worldwide football headlines and will never be forgotten.
● Jaap Stam
Despite being a member of Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1999 Manchester United treble-winning team, Jaap Stam’s relationship with Ferguson deteriorated severely before the Dutchman’s departure from Manchester.
The feud erupted after the defender made statements in his memoirs that enraged Man United manager Alex Ferguson.
Ferguson allegedly recruited Stam from PSV Eindhoven without the Dutch club’s approval, according to Stam. In the same year, he left the club, but Ferguson later stated that selling him to Lazio was a mistake.
● Joey Barton
Joey Barton’s career at Manchester City came to an end after he assaulted teammate Ousmane Dabo during a training session.
His time at Manchester City came to an end after the attack. Barton was fined £100,000, given a four-month suspended prison sentence, and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service.
Later in his career, Barton had another altercation on the training ground with Rangers teammate Andy Halliday, which resulted in the club terminating his contract once more.
● Roy Keane
This is a game that no Irish soccer fan will ever forget! The Republic of Ireland was training on Saipan before the 2002 World Cup, and all hell broke loose between the manager and the players.
In an interview with The Irish Times, Keane expressed his dissatisfaction with the calibre of travel arrangements, food, and training facilities offered to the Ireland team as they prepared for the World Cup. An altercation erupted when Mccarthy pulled up a copy of the storey in a team meeting and questioned Keane about it. Then McCarthy enraged Keane by accusing him of fabricating an injury during a game.
● Andriy Shevchenko
One of the most significant points of contention between the two was the signing of Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko, a friend of the Russian billionaire who was brought to the club for a large fee. This didn’t stop Mourinho from glaringly ignoring him on a few too many instances.
It was evident that Shevchenko did not fit into Mourinho’s Chelsea scheme of things, and the manager told the press that the striker needed to improve if he wanted to stay in the team.
● Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli will be remembered for his on-field antics for the rest of his life, but it was widely assumed that a training ground spat with manager Roberto Mancini was the catalyst for his return to Inter Milan in 2013.
However, Roberto Mancini indicated that this was not the case and that Balotelli had departed the club due to a disagreement with teammates. Whatever the case may be, Balotelli left in an embarrassing situation after missing 11 domestic matches due to sanctions.