The on-going transfer saga of Romelu Lukaku has finally been completed when Chelsea announced today that the deal for the 18-year-old had finalised.
The deal brings the young forward to Stamford Bridge for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £20million. When interviewed the Belgium international spoke of his delight of moving to the club.
“It’s a dream come true”, he told the club’s official website.
“I dreamed to play here since I was 10 years old, thinking about shaking hands with all those players like John Terry and Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba, it’s amazing to arrive here in a big club with big ambition. It was just what I was searching for.”
Lukaku comes with a big reputation of being nicknamed “the New Drogba” which he believes he can live up to, whilst learning off his new team mate.
“We have similar playing styles, but I am also very fast. I want to learn off him how it is to play here at the Bridge and how to prepare for games,” he continued.
Chelsea are be hoping that their new star will be ready to make his debut this weekend, where they will take on West Bromwich Albion at home. Lukaku has been handed the number 18 jersey, however he insists that he will have to work hard for a chance in the first team with the likes of Drogba, Torres and Anelka within the Chelsea ranks.
“First of all I just want to learn and train as much as possible to improve myself and show the coach that when he needs me I am ready,” he said.
“Then I hope to make minutes for the team and be helpful for the team, because the team is the most important thing. If you think positively about the team it will be positive for you.”