Stamford Bridge youngster wants out.
Romelu Lukaku has demanded answers from Chelsea over his continuing exclusion by Andre Villas-Boas and is ready to join Fulham on loan to safeguard his international future.
Sportsmail can reveal that the 18-year old’s agent held talks with Chelsea directors in Paris yesterday to try and formulate a rescue plan for a career that has stalled since an £18million move from Anderlecht last summer.
The meeting followed an ultimatum from Belgium coach Georges Leekens about Lukaku’s peripheral role under Villas-Boas and looks certain to lead to a season-long loan for the unhappy front-runner.
Bolton and Everton are both keen to give him the first-team football he craves, but Chelsea’s apparent preference for keeping him in the capital is sure to alert Fulham and possibly QPR.
Reflecting on the uncertainty over his future, Lukaku, who went on as a second-half substitute in Belgium’s 1-1 draw with Greece in Heraklion on Wednesday, said: ‘I will head back to Chelsea with the advice of Leekens in my mind.
‘We had a long talk, and his words made me think. He told me I have to play if I want to be selected for the national team in the future. I want to be the number one striker for Belgium, but the problem is, the others are playing for their club sides, while I am not.
‘Something has to change. I’ve progressed as a player since I arrived at Chelsea, because I am training with the best players in the world. But I miss the atmosphere in the stadium and the support of the public.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Can’t blame Romelu Lukaku for his obvious confusion. The young Belgian striker was lauded as one of the hottest prospects in European football and now he has virtually disappeared off the footballing radar. His lack of first team action at Stamford Bridge is of course all the more confusing when one considers that Fernando Torres, he of the 20 match goal drought, gets a game or two.
Lukaku is in danger of seeing his career stagnate on the Blues bench, well not even the bench he barely makes that, and quite why he hasn’t had his wish of a loan move away granted is odd to say the least.
The 18 year old is yet to make a Premier League start and has invariably found himself coming on as sub as Chelsea have been chasing the game and has not had enough time to make an impact in order to prove himself.
This source believes Chelsea would prefer to loan out Lukaku to a nearby club such as QPR or Fulham, the problem is that both those sides have plenty of striking options and have both purchased new additions in that role in January. A move to Everton or Bolton could be ideal, a move to Reebok Stadium could be especially effective given the recent success of players previously loaned to the Trotters, such as Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge.