According to the Belgian press boss Jose Mourinho may not include Romelu Lukaku in next seasons Chelsea squad
Gazet van Antwerpen is reporting Romelu Lukaku will have to wait for his chance to lead the line at Chelsea.
According to the Belgian newspaper the 21 year-old striker, currently preparing for the World Cup with the Belgian squad, will for the third season in a row play his football away from his parent club.
Chelsea are working on a new contract for the big Belgian however it seems at this stage a new deal will be based on securing Lukaku as an asset and not linked to playing time at Stamford Bridge.
Gazet van Antwerpen also report Lukaku will not be allowed to leave Chelsea permanently this summer unless they receive bids of 30m Euros and beyond.
With such a restrictive price put on Lukaku’s head, the possibility of the former Anderlecht forward once again being farmed out on loan seems the likeliest scenario.
Everton an option
The Belgian paper believes a return to Everton remains an option for Lukaku although they claim the Antwerp born forward is desperate to prove himself in the UEFA Champions League.
To further add to Romelu Lukaku’s Chelsea woes, teammate and fellow striker Demba Ba believes he has been guaranteed a more prominent role at Chelsea next season.
The Senegal international, who started just six games in all competitions last season, claims Jose Mourinho has assured him of more playing time in the forthcoming campaign:
“Jose Mourinho has asked me to stay at Chelsea next season,” said Ba.
“I see this as my reward from God. I weighed up the pros and cons, and think that I will stay put to see what happens.
I want to play a lot of matches and I think that will be the case for me.
“I was approached by Arsenal last August. But Mourinho refused to let me join them, as he said he didn’t want to help a rival team to get stronger.”
Third choice striker
Meanwhile another of Chelsea’s on-loan strikers, 20 year-old Patrick Bamford, has told the Guardian he believes he will return to West London as third choice striker next season.
Speaking of a recent conversation with Mourinho, Bamford, who scored 25 goals in 52 appearances for MK Dons and Derby last season, told the Guardian:
“The first thing he [Mourinho] said to me was: ‘What do you want to do next season?’
“As quick as I could I said: ‘Play for Chelsea.’
“He said: ‘That’s good, at least you know what you want. We’ll see.’
“From what they’ve said, ideally I’ll be third striker, but you never know really in football.”
With Chelsea also heavily linked to a huge offer for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, it would seem the future for Romelu Lukaku, for the time being at least, lays away from Stamford Bridge.
Date of Birth: 13 May, 1993
Place of birth: Antwerp, Belgium
Height: 1.90 (6 ft 3 in)
App‘ 2012-2013 (West Brom loan) 35 Goals: 17
App‘ 2013-2014 (Everton loan) 31 Goals: 15