Romelu Lukaku will be part of Chelsea’s first team plans after Mourinho assures him of regular starting role.
Romelu Lukaku has been promised first team action for Europa League champions Chelsea next season, with Jose Mourinho assuring the striker that he will have a major part to play in the team’s Premier League campaign next season.
The 20-year old was unsure whether he would have to spend another season on loan next year, after scoring 17 goals for fellow Premier League side West Brom this season, earning high praise from a number of critics for his powerful style of play.
The young Belgium international striker has expressed his desire to stay on at Chelsea, and that he is looking forward to making this opportunity count.
“I always said my ambition was to play for Chelsea,” Lukaku told Sky Sports.
“Now I will go back to Stamford Bridge and try and play even more games than I did at West Brom. If I can score a few early on, it can turn into a really good season for me.”
Chelsea are already looking to improve their attacking unit for a Premier League and European assault next season, with the side heavily linked with Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, using Fernando Torres as part of a swap deal.
Lukaku remains unfazed by the speculation though, and is motivated to impress after strong talks with the new Chelsea manager.
“I have had a good conversation with Jose Mourinho, and I know it’s up to me to show I’m worth a place.
“It is the World Cup next year, and I need to be playing. But if I don’t get in the Chelsea team often enough, then I won’t deserve to be in the national squad.”