Lukaku thrilled to be joining Blues
Romelu Lukaku declared he was joining his “dream team” after
Chelsea reached an agreement to sign the precocious striker from
The Blues’ long pursuit of the 18-year-old finally bore fruit on
Saturday night when they announced they were poised to complete a
deal for him, subject to the player passing a medical and agreeing
Lukaku, who is reportedly valued at between £15million and
£20million, made no secret of the fact he was a Chelsea fan
while he was being linked with Stamford Bridge.
And despite last week claiming he had not ruled out a move
elsewhere, the teenager made it clear this afternoon there was
nowhere else he would rather be.
While taking time out to respond to questions on Twitter, Lukaku
was asked what his favourite thing about Chelsea was.
He replied: “the fans The players.. Its just my dreamteam.”
Lukaku, who is already a full Belgium international, faces a
real fight to break into the Blues first team any time soon.
He warned earlier this week he would not want to be sent out on
loan if he moved to Stamford Bridge, which suggests he would be
prepared to fight for his place.
The forward believes he can only benefit from training and
playing alongside the likes of Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba,
to whom Lukaku has long been compared.
He wrote on Sunday: “I think I am entering a team full of
experienced guys and winners. And i’m very happy about that.”
Lukaku is also aware he will arrive at a team under pressure to
deliver silverware this season after finishing empty-handed last
Describing the Barclays Premier League as the “best league in
the world”, he added: “We have to improve ourselves year after
Should new manager Andre Villas-Boas decide not to loan Lukaku
out, it would arguably leave Chelsea with an excess of
That would doubtless increase speculation over the futures of
the likes of Drogba, Nicolas Anelka, Salomon Kalou and Florent
Malouda, whose Blues careers appeared in some doubt prior to
It is understood Drogba, who finished last season strongly, is
being offered a new contract to replace the one which expires next
There have been no such noises about Anelka, whose deal also has
a year left to run, while Kalou is perennially linked with moves
away from the club due to his fringe status.
The Ivorian’s chances could become even more limited this term
thanks to the form of Daniel Sturridge, who has done everything
possible in pre-season to cement a starting spot.
The England Under-21 international struck twice yesterday as
Chelsea came from behind to win their final pre-season friendly at
Villas-Boas said: “It was a good test again.
“You saw the logic that we applied in the game, to give minutes
to everybody which we did.
“So you saw we balanced the time sheet in terms of pre-season
for everybody and for all the changes that we made we are
Villas-Boas would not be drawn on whether Chelsea had made or
would make a third bid for Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric, who
would add more subtlety to the Blues midfield.
Asked whether his side needed more imagination, he added: “The
imagination comes out when you exploit the talent that you have and
that is what we try to do.
“We try to get the most out of people and, without repeating
myself, I think these people are enjoying the freedom they are
given to exploit new things that they thought that they didn’t have
“We will let them express themselves.”
The Portuguese was also coy about whether he had decided upon
his strike force for Saturday’s Premier League opener at Stoke,
with many of his players on international duty this week.
“It is going to be a very important week still to make
decisions,” he said.
“Fernando goes away, Didier goes away, Anelka and Sturridge are
staying, Malouda is going with the national team.
“A couple of forwards will be in action, some won’t, so let’s
see what happens.”