Lukaku insists he is ready for Chelsea place

Romelu Lukaku is ready to prove he belongs at Chelsea, the Daily Mail has reported, after asking Jose Mourinho not to send him on loan away from Stamford Bridge for the new season.

Lukaku spent last season at West Bromwich Albion and although his time with the Baggies was successful, the Belgium international is eager to prove himself at his parent club after his first season in Chelsea blue proved somewhat less successful than his year at the Hawthorns.

Signed in the summer of 2011 by Andre Villas-Boas, Lukaku struggled to make an impression after leaving Anderlecht, making only 12 appearances – and just one Premier League start. But having scored 17 goals under Steve Clarke last season, Lukaku believes he can play a part in the second Mourinho era at Chelsea.

We [Lukaku and Mourinho] spoke and I want to keep it private because when you have confidential talks with the manager, it has to stay between you and him. We had a good talk and now it’s up to me,” Lukaku said.

He continued: “You never know in football but my mind is in Chelsea now and I have come back to do well in pre-season and if I do a good pre-season, I think I will have a place in the squad and hopefully in the starting XI.

Last year I had a great season at West Brom and I think have the qualities to do it here, but it is up to me. If I don’t do well here, then loan again.

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