'I've jumped ship': Ally McCoist says Chelsea player needs to leave now, he's completely changed his mind

Ally McCoist has claimed there is no way back for Romelu Lukaku at Chelsea, ahead of his imminent loan deal to Inter Milan on TalkSPORT.

The Belgian returning to the San Siro has been one of the most well-documented pieces of business this summer, with the deal seemingly being on the cards since the turn of the year.

Lukaku told Sky Italy that he wished to return to the Nerazzurri while still in the prime of his career, during the season. Given that he is already 29, it wasn’t hard for Blues fans to read through the lines as to what he was implying.

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The comments came just days after the Belgium international inspired the Blues to a comeback win over Aston Villa, but his words tarnished his relationship with Chelsea supporters to a point beyond repair.

It’s been speculated the ugly scenario has been holding the Blues back from commencing with their own transfers this summer, with Raheem Sterling and Jules Kounde said to be near the top of their wishlist.

However, Fabrizio Romano has claimed a fee has now been agreed between the two clubs to complete the move on a loan basis, hopefully putting an end to the saga for now at least.

There was hope among some that Lukaku would fight for his place at Stamford Bridge, however recent developments have changed minds, with Ally McCoist doing a u-turn over his opinion on the situation.

He told TalkSport: “I’ve jumped ship, which I’m not sure I’m allowed to do but I have. I think he’s got to go now.

“I was hoping he might have stayed, fought for his place, won the fans over, and won Thomas Tuchel over with his performances and goals, but I’m almost convinced it’s not happening now.

“It is now in the best interest of both parties that he gets a deal done and he’s away, sooner rather than later.”

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Despite the huge financial loss, the Blues look set to take on Lukaku, getting rid of the 29-year-old is a situation they had to sort as a matter of urgency.

An element of positivity Chelsea fans can take from the scenario is the ruthlessness of Todd Boehly’s reported part in all this, with reports suggesting he will be taking a more hands-on approach in transfers going forwards.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.