‘Mou’ wants to give huge attacker his chance at the Bridge next season.
West Ham United have failed in an audacious bid to take Chelsea front man Romelu Lukaku on a season-long loan to Upton Park in the new campaign, according to exclusive reports in the Daily Express.
The giant Belgium international has actually been at Stamford Bridge for the past two seasons now after being brought to west London by previous Blues head coach Andre Villas-Boas, with the Portuguese paying an initial fee of just £10 million to secure the player’s services from Belgium giants Anderlecht in August 2011, although that could rise to as much as £17m depending upon add ons.
However, in the intervening period the 20-year-old has appeared in only 12 matches overall in all competitions for Chelsea, including eight games in the Premier League, although Lukaku is still to find the back of the net for the club in that time.
Part of that reason is that the player was shipped out on loan last season to fellow Premier League outfit West Bromwich Albion, where Lukaku proved himself to be a huge success, registering an eye-catching 17 goals and four assists in his 38 matches in total for the Baggies, with all of his strikes coming in his 35 top-flight contests for Steve Clarke’s men.
And that is why new Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has stopped Lukaku from going out on loan again next season, with the ‘Special One’ keen to finally give the youngster his chance in the capital.