Lukaku: Chelsea needs me

Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku is convinced that he is good enough to become a regular at Chelsea if he completes a move to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea has been monitoring Lukaku for some time now after his scoring exploits with the Belgian club over the past two years, and the Blues reportedly had an £18million offer turned down for the player last month.

The 18-year-old, who has also caught the attention of a number of Europe’s other top sides, has regularly stated his desire to join Andre Villas-Boas’ side despite the fact that he will face stiff competition for a first-team place.

The Portuguese already has a wealth of options up front, including Didier Drogba and £50million signing Fernando Torres, but Lukaku is confident that a move to London will be worthwhile.

When asked if he is ready to play for a club the calibre of Chelsea, the teenager told Het Laatse Nieuws: "Absolutely. If I’m surrounded by players stronger even than those of Anderlecht, I have the ability to adapt quickly and raise my level.

"(Daniel) Sturridge, (Salomon) Kalou and (Nicolas) Anelka play on the flank and they have two central strikers, Drogba and Torres.

"(Even) When a club has three strikers for a position, they will always play games, because those clubs can play 70 matches a year.

"There may be players sold, so they need me. I will wait."

Real Madrid has also been strongly linked with the Belgium international, who scored 16 times for Anderlecht last season.

Reports in Belgium claim that Anderlecht president Herman Van Holsbeeck travelled to London on Friday to discuss a deal with the Blues, and Lukaku wants his future resolved as soon as possible.

"Anderlecht and my agent are aware that this uncertainty is not good for the club or for me," the youngster added.

"They will fix things at some time in the future."

Villas-Boas could be set to sell his first big-name player since arriving at Stamford Bridge, with Russian reports suggesting that Yury Zhirkov is on the brink of completing a move to free-spending Russian league side Anzhi Makhachkala.Zhirkov moved to Chelsea for a reported £18million from CSKA Moscow in 2008 but has not been able to secure a regular starting place.