Steve Clarke says there is ‘nothing in’ rumours linking Lukaku to Swansea.
West Brom manager Steve Clarke still holds out hope of retaining the services of on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku for another year, after dismissing rumours that the talented Belgian will only move to a team playing European football next season.
The 19-year-old has enjoyed his time at the Hawthorns this season, scoring 13 Premier League goals after limited opportunities at Stamford Bridge in the previous campaign. With the managerial situation up in the air at his parent club, it’s hard to know if he will feature in the plans of whoever is in charge after the summer.
Lukaku, who has been compared with Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, made the move to Stamford Bridge from Anderlecht as one of the most highly-rated youngsters in Europe, but found first-team appearances hard to come by, even with the poor form of Blues striker Fernando Torres.
The forward has proven what he can do during his time at West Brom, and is now being linked with Swansea, as it is believed he would like the chance to play in the Europa League with them next season.
Clarke remained tight-lipped about whether he thought he could keep Lukaku, but he is confident there is nothing to the Swansea rumours.
“There is nothing in it,” he told London24.
“It is idle gossip – it’s lazy.
“I read in the press he’s going to Swansea – but I would be very surprised if he ends up there.”