Chelsea FC striker Romelu Lukaku has expressed his pride at being linked with Italian champions Juventus.
The 21-year-old forward has failed to grab a place in the Chelsea squad since joining them in 2011 from Anderlecht. He arrived with lot of expectations at Stamford Bridge and was expected to eventually replace club legend Didier Drogba. But the Belgium international was sent out on loan for the last two seasons, at West Bromwich Albion and Everton respectively, and despite proving his goal scoring attribute during these spells, Lukaku faces an uncertain future at the club.
Jose Mourinho’s decision to send him on loan to Everton last season was questioned by fans and experts as Chelsea lacked goal scoring strikers in their ranks. Mourinho favoured Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba over the Belgium international and this faith was misplaced. The Chelsea trio scored a meagre total of 19 goals in the Premier League among themselves, while Lukaku amassed 15 in just 29 starts. The lack of a proper goal scorer upfront proved to be the biggest hindrance in Chelsea’s title challenge as they finished behind Manchester City and Liverpool.
Despite Lukaku proving himself at Everton once again, report suggests that Mourinho could once again look to send him out on loan in the summer. Chelsea have been heavily linked with Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa and with the imminent arrival of the Spanish international, Lukaku will be largely restricted to fight for a place on the bench with Fernando Torres and Demba Ba. But the former Anderlecht striker is unlikely to settle for that role next season as he looks for regular first team action and will force a move elsewhere if he doesn’t receive that Chelsea.
Everton are keen to sign him back on loan, while Atletico Madrid are also believed to interested in signing him as a replacement for Chelsea bound Diego Costa. Recent reports have also suggested that Juventus are interested in signing the Belgium star and Lukaku has now expressed his delight at being linked with the Italian club.
“I’m proud of Juventus’ interest in me, but I’m just thinking of Belgium for now.” – The Chelsea striker admitted.