Chelsea transfer news: Romelu Lukaku unsure over his next move as he waits until after the World Cup for clarity over his Chelsea future
Lukaku says he is focusing on the World Cup despite wanting to know his Chelsea future sooner rather than later
Romelu Lukaku is hopeful that he still has a future at Chelsea but admits he won’t know where that lies until after the World Cup as he prepares for Belgium’s campaign in Brazil.
Having been signed by the Blues from Belgian side Anderlecht in 2011, but has spent each season since on loan away from the club at both West Brom and Everton. The striker has only started one game for Chelsea and is yet to score for the London side, although he does already have 32 Premier League goals to his name.
Despite Samuel Eto’o leaving Chelsea at the end of the season and doubts over the future of fellow strikers Demba Ba and Fernando Torres, Lukaku could yet find himself out on loan again next season if he is used as part of negotiations with Atletico Madrid in Chelsea’s quest to sign Diego Costa.
Lukaku enjoyed a season-long loan spell with the Toffees last season and his latest exploits for his country saw him net four times in two World Cup warm-up matches last week. But with two years left on his contract and an uncertainty over Jose Mourinho’s willingness to play him immediately, his future is as uncertain as ever since arriving in the Premier League.
Lukaku knows himself that he will have to wait before he knows his future, given that he is keeping his attentions on the upcoming World Cup.
Speaking to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, Lukaku said: “It would be nice to get clarity beforehand, but that will not happen, so I'm completely focused on the World Cup.
“You know, I still have a two-year contract at the biggest club in England, because that's Chelsea. So I still hope to play there. Chelsea have a good coach.
“I have been working hard on my game over the past few months and everything seems to be coming out now.
“I have a good feeling about this competition.”
Having scored a hat-trick in the 5-1 victory over Luxembourg, Lukaku added another in the 2-0 win over Sweden, giving both himself and the much-fancied Belgium side a boost ahead of their first major tournament since 2002.
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