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Andre Villas-Boas: Chelsea Will Not Sign Romelu Lukaku

Stamford Bridge boss praises hit-man but has no room for him.

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Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has praised the talent of Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku but insists he has no room for the teenager in his squad.

Reports earlier this week suggested the Blues submitted an £18million bid for the 18-year-old after a month-long negotiations between the two clubs.

The Belgium international has attracted a lot of interest from major clubs with Arsenal and Manchester City keen on him.

Lukaku is one of the most highly-rated talents in Europe, and has been likened to Didier Drogba, following his two goals in 10 games for his country.

Villas-Boas admits his admiration for Anderlecht’s teen sensation Romelu Lukaku, but played down the likelihood of making a move for the Belgium striker.

“Lukaku had a magnificent season in Belgium,” he said.

“We are pondering every decision because we don’t want to go into the market and make mistakes.

“We have plenty of availability in terms of forwards who can play in different positions – with (Nicolas) Anelka, with (Salomon) Kalou, Didier, Torres and (Daniel) Sturridge.

“This is the reality at the moment of our squad. We need to find the correct balance and this is why pre-season is important.

“On that decision, to bring in another forward, at the moment I don’t think we will.”

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