'Certainly': Chelsea player planning meeting with Tuchel, wants to be promised he'll be key next season - Romano

Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku is reportedly set for discussions with his manager Thomas Tuchel in the summer.

According to well-respected journalist Fabrizio Romano, Lukaku wants to speak with Tuchel at the end of the season to discuss his future.

It is understood the 28-year-old striker wants assurances that he’ll be a “key player” next year.

Romano explained: “So far it is too early to think about his future, but certainly Lukaku intends to speak with Thomas Tuchel at the end of the current season to understand the club’s plans as Romelu wants to be a key player for next season.”

Lukaku scored twice in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend, earning a small amount of praise from the Blues manager.

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However, it’s been far from a smooth campaign for him.

The Belgian centre-forward’s not been a regular starter in the past couple of months, but is still fighting to be in the team for this Saturday’s FA Cup final against Liverpool.

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Big few games

Let’s see if Lukaku can bury an underwhelming season with a final blitz during the rest of the month.

He’s scored 14 goals in 41 appearances across all competitions this season, which is still someway off what people expected from him when he re-signed in the summer.

He could remarkably have a chance to change how people view his overall season, though.

There’s three league games remaining for the Blues to get over the line with a top-four finish, plus the FA Cup final at the weekend at Wembley Stadium.

Paul Merson is convinced Chelsea won’t go ahead and sell Lukaku at the end of the season.

However, a report does mention Bayern Munich as the most likely destination if the frontman is to exit Stamford Bridge just one year into his second spell with the Blues.

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