Lukaku would not be fazed by the competition the Englishman would bring.
Despite only just being offered a first team chance at Chelsea, Romelu Lukaku reveals the striker would still welcome competition in the shape of Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney.
Lukaku has returned to Stamford Bridge following a successful loan spell at West Bromwich Albion last term and whilst the forward is already competing for a spot up-front with Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, the Belgian would also like to see Rooney in west London.
“You know when you are playing for a team like Chelsea, there is going to be competition,” the 20-year-old was quoted on ITV Sport.
“It is the manager’s choice. You have to accept that you have to work hard to make it a successful squad. If he is part of our team I will welcome him with open arms.”
The Belgium international impressed at the Hawthorns last season, scoring 19 Premier League goals for the Baggies and returning manager Jose Mourinho has high hopes for the attacker at the Blues.
Both Torres and Ba were out of sorts for Chelsea in 2012/13 so Lukaku could very well get a chance to start for the side in the upcoming campaign.
However, the arrival of Rooney at the club – Mourinho has already had a bid for the England international rejected by United – could well mean less opportunities for the powerful striker.
Yet Lukaku is not unused to this, having played just 12 matches for the 2012 Champions League winners since a £19.4m transfer from Anderlecht two years ago.