Belfast Telegraph

Lukaku: I would make an impact

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

Chelsea 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.

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."

He added: "(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 have 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 today 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."


From Belfast Telegraph