Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino has indicated that striker Romelu Lukaku will not feature for Chelsea before the end of the summer transfer window.
Lukaku is currently training on his own as he continues to push for a transfer away from Chelsea.
The Belgian had hoped to complete a move to Juventus, but the Serie A giants have yet to agree a fee with Chelsea.
A move to Saudi Arabia is also an option for Lukaku, but Pochettino has now made it clear that the former Manchester United attacker won’t be reintegrated into Chelsea’s squad until his future is resolved.
When asked if Lukaku could return if he fails to secure a move away from Chelsea this summer transfer window, Pochettino said, as quoted by Metro UK before Chelsea’s Premier League tie with West Ham on Sunday: “It is not only one side—it is two sides needed to find the best solution.
“You cannot put it only on the club; it is about both sides. The situation is where it is because of both sides. Both sides have arrived at an agreement.
“We were informed before we signed about the situation of every single player. After we signed, we had the squad that we had.
“It is so clear that nothing has changed, and if there is something to inform, then we will inform. There is nothing for us to do. I need to be focused on my team to try to perform.”