Romelu Lukaku Negotiating a U-Turn?
Chelsea youngster Romelu Lukaku obviously loves the media and I guess the love affair is mutual, as he is the one subject sure to generate as many column inches as possible on a fairly consistent basis.
Recently reports in the Spanish press suggested La Liga champions Atletico Madrid were in advanced talks with Chelsea to sign the 21 year-old Belgian striker on a season-long loan deal as replacement for the West London-bound Diego Costa, but this morning International Business Times, IBTimes, are up with quotes that the admirably overconfident striker is not focusing on securing a move to Los Rojiblancos despite suggestions he is being used as a bargaining chip in our efforts to secure deals for Diego Costa and left back, Filipe Luis.
IBTimes are of the opinion that although a move to the Vicente Calderon would be beneficial to all three parties, Lukaku, who believes he is now a 'complete striker' after his impressive spell with Everton, thinks he could still stay at Stamford Bridge and fight for his place despite previously suggesting Costa's arrival would force him out of the club.
"I only know one thing and that is that, in my opinion,
Chelsea are still the biggest club in England and they have a very, very good manager," Lukaku was recently quoted as saying.
"I have a contract with Chelsea after this summer and
I am not focusing on any move to Atletico.
"Let me say that I am now the complete striker. I never
thought I was a target man, a number nine who could
play with his back to the goal. I always wanted to run at
defenders. That is still a great quality, but now I can do
both. I love playing as a real striker in the box now," he concluded.
So there you have it, your daily Lukaku waffles delivered.
But would you rather have him back here as Costa's understudy - possibly in lieu of one Fernando Torres and/or Demba Ba - or perhaps you reckon his mooted volte-face could see some of our impending deals with our friends in Madrid fall through?