Chelsea transfers: I won’t return to Blues unless I’m a starter – Lukaku
Chelsea transfers: Romelu Lukaku says he won't return to the Blues from his West Brom loan unless he's a regular starter
Romelu Lukaku has insisted he won’t end his West Bromwich Albion loan spell and return to Chelsea unless he is guaranteed first-team football at Stamford Bridge.
The 19-year-old, who joined Chelsea from Anderlecht in 2011, netted Albion’s winner as Steve Clarke’s men secured a 2-1 victory over Norwich City on Saturday.
The Belgium international has now scored six goals in 16 appearances, but Lukaku does not want to return to the Blues in the January transfer window amid speculation of a possible recall.
“I want to stay here. I’ve had so many questions in the last few weeks asking ‘are you staying?’ I have a lot of contact with Chelsea, but they are asking questions about my development and I tell them I’m very happy to be here,” said Lukaku.
“I have not spoken to the manager (Rafael Benitez) but I know what is going on. For me, it is one year loan and then hopefully it may be one year again next season.
“I need to play as much as I can in the next two years. For me, it is very important to play week in and week out because, at 19, you want to develop and I hope to be one of the great players in the Premier League.
“That is my ambition but I have to be patient as well. I can learn a lot here, I can improve here.
“Chelsea know this season that I’m improving, and when I go back there, I want to be a much better player than when I arrived there.
“My main ambition is to start in the first XI in every game at Chelsea. Chelsea know I’m a player that is hungry to play football and they will benefit from that in the future.”