Lukaku hoping for Chelsea move

Chelsea have been monitoring Lukaku for some time now and

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. Villas-Boas 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, he 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.” 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 looks 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. Ashley Cole, meanwhile, has vowed

not to follow the increasing number of footballers joining

microblogging site Twitter. The England full-back has been the

subject of several controversial stories about his private life

throughout his career and he is not prepared to create further

headlines by airing his views via the website. “Never. It’s certain

people’s preferences but I prefer to keep myself to myself,” Cole

told Football Focus. Villas-Boas has underlined his desire since

taking over to succeed where his predecessors failed and bring the

Champions League trophy to Stamford Bridge. Cole is no different,

admitting he is desperate to help bring the biggest prize in club

football to Chelsea. “It’s something that when a player hasn’t won

it, they want to win it,” Cole said. “And a lot of the players in

this Chelsea team have not won it so the hunger is still there.

“You look back on your career and see what other medals and big

trophies you’ve won. A lot of the players have won the Premier

League three times, so if they did finish their careers without

winning the Champions League it would kill them.”