Chelsea FC boss, Thomas Tuchel has said that players do not want to wear the No. 9 shirt at Stamford Bridge because they believe it is “cursed”.
The number ‘9’ is currently vacant at Chelsea after Lukaku left on loan this summer for Inter, with the Belgium international the latest striker to struggle to live up to expectations at Stamford Bridge.
The striker returned to Chelsea in a £98 million ($136m) deal but went back to the San Siro less than 12 months later on loan after failing to make the desired impression in west London.
Tuchel has now opened up on the situation and admits that there have been no takers for Lukaku’s shirt since the striker departed the club in June.
“It’s cursed, it’s cursed, people tell me it’s cursed. It’s not the case that we leave it open for tactical reasons, for some players in the pipeline that come in and naturally take it,” he said.
“There was not a big demand for No 9. Players sometimes want to change numbers but, surprisingly, nobody wants to touch it.
“Everybody who is longer than me in the club tells me: ‘Ah, you know, like he had the 9 and he did not score and he had the 9 and did also not score.’ So we now we have a moment where nobody wants to touch the No 9.”