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

Anderlecht.

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

personal terms.

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

term.

Describing the Barclays Premier League as the “best league in

the world”, he added: “We have to improve ourselves year after

year.”

Should new manager Andre Villas-Boas decide not to loan Lukaku

out, it would arguably leave Chelsea with an excess of

forwards.

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

Villas-Boas’ arrival.

It is understood Drogba, who finished last season strongly, is

being offered a new contract to replace the one which expires next

summer.

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

Rangers 3-1.

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

happy.”

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

before.

“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.”