Chelsea star Marc Cucurella says he WON’T cut his hair, despite Cristian Romero pulling his locks

Chelsea defender Marc Cucurella has vowed never to cut his long, curly hair even after it was pulled by Cristian Romero in Sunday’s bonkers draw with Tottenham.

‘No, hate. This is my style,’ the £62 million defender smiled on Wednesday.

Cucurella became Chelsea’s most expensive defender of all time when he joined from Brighton earlier this month. But his home debut will be remembered for the stoppage-time handbags at Stamford Bridge, when Romero pulled Cucurella to the floor by his hair. It has happened only once before – when Cucurella was playing for Espanyol Under 12s.

Cristian Romero tugged Marc Cucurella's hair just moments before Spurs equalized

Cristian Romero tugged Marc Cucurella’s hair just moments before Spurs equalized

Cucurella was left on the floor but Romero was not punished for the incident after a VAR check

Cucurella was left on the floor but Romero was not punished for the incident after a VAR check

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was furious Cristian Romero got away without punishment

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was furious Cristian Romero got away without punishment

This time, the incident came moments before Harry Kane secured a point for Spurs and the Spaniard, 24, remains surprised Romero was not punished by referee Anthony Taylor or VAR Mike Dean.

‘It is very clear,’ he said. ‘This is maybe one error by the referee or the VAR. Sometimes the referee makes good decisions, sometimes not… I don’t know what happened.’

Cucurella does not consider hair-pulling any more sinister than typical fouls. It’s the same: you kick my leg, you pull my hair. But the referee didn’t understand,’ he said. ‘It was an error.’

Nor does he hold any grudges against Romero.

‘Before the game I spoke with him and it is a fight on the pitch. I have no problem with him and it is only an action in the game. Maybe it was an important action as it maybe changed the final result. I think we will have another opportunity in a few months.’

The defender has no intention of heading to the barbers before the return fixture – even though his brother has already trimmed his own long, curly blonde locks.

‘When he was young he had this haircut but now he cut it because he said it’s more beautiful with short hair,’ Cucurella said.

It should perhaps come as no surprise that the Spaniard’s heroes were Carles Puyol and David Luiz – two other defenders with unmistakable hair.

The new Chelsea signing has said he won't be cutting his hair despite the clash on Sunday

The new Chelsea signing has said he won’t be cutting his hair despite the clash on Sunday

Romero won't face retribution for the incident as VAR didn't find any wrongdoing with it

Romero won’t face retribution for the incident as VAR didn’t find any wrongdoing with it

Cucurella admitted to being nervous entering a Chelsea dressing room full of Champions League and World Cup winners. But he said: ‘I think the most curiosity for me before coming here was (N’Golo) Kante… I had read a lot about him being very quiet, humble and this is true.’

Thomas Tuchel had been tracking Cucurella since his days in the Barcelona academy. But this move to Chelsea came only after a possible deal with Manchester City fell through.

‘The summer was busy, a lot of rumours…I thought it was a good moment for me to move to a big club,’ he said.

‘(Chelsea) were very interested in me all summer, so I’m very happy.’

The 24-year-old conceded that the £62m price tag does put pressure on him to perform.

Both referee Anthony Taylor and Mike Dean, who was on VAR duty, did not see fit to intervene and punish Romero for the hair pull

Both referee Anthony Taylor and Mike Dean, who was on VAR duty, did not see fit to intervene and punish Romero for the hair pull

It’s a lot of money and it’s a big responsibility for me. I am happy because (owner) Todd (Boehly) and the gaffer were very interested in me… I need to work hard, adapt to the team, and be ready to play well for the club.’

Cucurella shone during his solitary season at Brighton – ‘maybe the best year in my career’ – and will now offer Chelsea versatility: he can play at left back, wingback and on the left of a back three.

‘I never imagined playing left center back but I remember the first game I played here was against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. I remember seeing the line-up,’ he recalled. ‘I was scared: “I’m playing against Lukakau, it’s impossible”…I don’t know why but I played very well.’

Left back remains his most comfortable position and Cucurella is relishing the competition with Ben Chilwell – and the chance to make Spain’s World Cup squad this winter.

‘This is a big step for my career. I have the opportunity to play the Champions League, to fight for trophies, to win the league,’ he said. ‘This is a good opportunity for me because if I play well, I stay in a good club and I have more opportunities to play with the national team.’

On Chilwell, Cucurella added: ‘He helped me a lot in these first days. He’s a very good person. It’s good competition… if one player is better, the gaffer will put him in the line-up. I think this is good for the team.’

Tuchel likened Cucurella to his compatriot Cesar Azpilicueta, who has risen to become captain after a decade at the club. ‘He helped me a lot – because he speaks Spanish – with the housing, with the schools, with the kids,’ Cucurella revealed.

‘I remember with my family we went to London… we drove in front of Stamford Bridge. I remember I said to my wife, “Imagine one day playing in this stadium”. And then this summer I had this opportunity. This is a dream for me.’

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