Highly rated Romelu Lukaku has practically confirmed a summer move to the Premier League in an interview with Goal.com.
The Belgian International burst onto the scene when he made his debut at just 16 years of age for Anderlecht, then to go on and become the Belgian Pro League’s youngest top goalscorer.
Despite committing his future to the club for the remainder of the season, the 17-year-old prodigy has hinted at a move to the Premier League come the summer, but admitted that Chelsea is his most desired destination.
“Chelsea and Arsenal tried to sign me when I was 13, 14,” he told Goal.com
“Chelsea is my favourite team. I have always said it and I have never hidden it. But it is not because Chelsea is my favourite team that I have to go there. There is also Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City. These big five are very interesting. Tottenham are also a good club.
“As a young kid you dream of playing in every big team. It is not because Chelsea is my favourite team that I have to specifically go there.
“I will see. It is something for my father and agent. There are so many clubs and big teams. For a young player sometimes you have to relax for a while and focus on your own team. I’m very happy with the situation at Anderlecht. I have the support of the club and other players. It is my environment and I’ve grown up here.”
It is not only English clubs that have been linked with the youngster though. Jose Mourinho is said to be very interested in the powerful forward but Lukaku has admitted that the Real Madrid coach is likely to be rebuffed should an offer come from the Premier League.
“My father never talks to me about rumours. Of course, I admire Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid is a great club. But I see England as more likely than Spain,” Lukaku said.
“If I see the games and some action in the Premier League, with my qualities I think I can play there. I’m very fast, I’m very strong and I work a lot. If I train with players with more quality I can be better than I am here. I want to improve.
“My father was my hero when I was still a boy. I looked up to Cristiano Ronaldo and then it was always [Didier] Drogba. As I understand more and more about football I see the qualities I have and I can see myself in him [Drogba]. I have almost the same qualities and I want to follow in his footsteps.”
This summer would be the perfect time to cash in on their prized asset as Lukaku has a release clause in his contract in 2013. Anderlecht director, Herman van Holsbeeck, said last week that the Belgian club would not be willing to part with the 17-year-old for anything less than €30million (£25.3million) and admitted to rejecting a bid from an English club 3 days before the August window closed.
The Belgian striker is looking to the future though and it is becoming more likely that his future will lie with the Blues. With Didier Drogba fast approaching 33, Carlo Ancelotti would likely see Lukaku as the perfect replacement for their powerhouse frontman. Though, it is certain that the London club will face stiff competition for the Anderlecht striker.
“There were a few other clubs interested in me after my first year at Anderlecht,” Lukaku explained.
“If you play well clubs will always follow you. You know that but you don’t let it affect your mind.
“I want to reach the highest level and win prizes. I want to win the Champions League, the Europa League also. I want to play in the Premier League and win some [league] titles or the Spanish league and win those titles. That is also a dream. Why not?”
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