Chelsea considering Lukaku recall from West Brom

Chelsea could curtail Romelu Lukaku’s loan spell with West Bromwich Albion in January as Roberto Di Matteo seeks to bolster his forward line, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Lukaku moved to Stamford Bridge in summer 2011 when Chelsea were managed by Andre Villas-Boas but has made only one league start for his parent club. A product of the Anderlecht academy, Chelsea paid the Belgian club £18m for the striker but he was allowed to join the Baggies on loan during pre-season.

Roberto Di Matteo however confirmed that there is a recall clause in the deal that took Lukaku to the Hawthorns, one that Chelsea might exercise to bring the powerful 19-year-old back to his parent club in January. The Telegraph claims Chelsea are looking for an answer to a goal scoring problem that threatens to derail their season.

However, Di Matteo’s West Brom counterpart – and former Chelsea teammate – Steve Clarke does not believe an early return to West London would be in Lukaku’s best interests. Clarke added: “ I haven’t spoken to Chelsea about what might happen, but I speak to Lukaku and I know he’s happy.

He’s in a better place now than he was when he came to us at the start of the season because he’s played matches in the Premier League and he’s been a handful, he’s shown everybody that he’s a big talent and one for the future.

Lukaku is young, he’s raw, he’s got to learn how to develop, he works great on the training ground, he wants to be better.

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