Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has claimed that he is ready to leave Chelsea because he fears that the club will once again try to spend rather than promote young players. He also wants to use the World Cup 2014 as an opportunity to put himself in the transfer window.
Lukaku has just returned from a loan spell at Everton, which was very successful for all parties involved. The striker scored more than 15 league goals and helped the club reach the Europa League stages. However, Jose Mourinho does not seem to be convinced about the striker’s ability to lead the line at Chelsea. The club are close to completing the £32 million signing of Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid.
Fernando Torres is expected to continue at the club. As a result, Lukaku’s first-team chances are Chelsea in the upcoming season look bleak. At 21 years of age, it is understandable that the player wants to play on a regular basis. He says that he may be prepared to leave Chelsea in order to play regularly. He said:
“You know Chelsea: every year they buy a new top striker. I remember me coming into the dressing room last year and seeing Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba and going: ‘Whoah! What’s happening here?’
“But no problem. Many clubs are interested in me and at this stage I have to look to myself.
“I have to play a good World Cup. That’s very interesting for all the players looking for a transfer, and I must be one of them. Chelsea know my point of view.”
Atletico Madrid and Everton are some of the clubs already showing an interest in him.
Lukaku has a great opportunity to increase his profile if his goals help Belgium reach the latter stages of the World Cup. Belgium are in a group containing the likes of Russia, Korea, and Algeria. They are already the favourites to win the group.