Belgium international wants the Blues to either give him a chance or let him go.
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Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku would rather leave Stamford Bridge on a permanent basis than another loan spell, according to reports from the Mirror, in what reads like an ultimatum for the Blues either give him an opportunity or allow him to leave the club.
The Belgium international has spent the last two full seasons away from the West London club on loan deals, comfortably hitting double figures on both occasions with West Bromwich Albion and then Everton.
The Toffees have been suggested as a possible destination for Lukaku if he does choose to leave permanently, but the report also suggests that he would be hoping to join another club who can offer Champions League football if he does move on:
“What I don’t want is to be loaned out.”
“I am 21 and I have been loaned for the last two seasons. Thibaut Courtois was loaned for three seasons and will be without doubt the first-choice Chelsea goalkeeper.”
“And Kevin De Bruyne has been transferred permanently to Wolfsburg. They are free in their heads – it is not my case. That would free me totally.”
The reference to being “free” seems to suggest that Lukaku’s head may already be outside of Stamford Bridge, with Jose Mourinho unlikely to want the Belgian as first choice ahead of expensive new signing Diego Costa, who has signed from Atletico Madrid.
Powerful young forward Lukaku joined Chelsea from Anderlecht, having emerged as one of Europe’s finest young players whilst with the Jupiler League club.