Chelsea striker Lukaku wants to stay at West Brom

Romelu Lukaku has admitted he hopes his parent club Chelsea allow him to see the season out at Premier League rivals West Bromwich Albion, and added that he would like to return to the Hawthorns next season as well, Sky Sports has reported.

Lukaku has played a part in the Baggies’ rise up the table, with Steve Clarke’s side seventh as Christmas approaches, level on points with three teams directly above them. West Brom join Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and fourth-placed Arsenal on 30 points, firmly in contention for a Champions League place.

The 19-year-old has scored six goals in 17 games for the Albion, netting on the opening day of the season in a 3-0 victory over Liverpool and scoring the winning goal as West Brom beat in-form Norwich City on Saturday. Last season for Chelsea Lukaku managed only one league start, with a further seven substitute appearances, and failed to score.

He said: “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.

Lukaku added: “I have not spoken to the manager (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.

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