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Lukaku wants talks over Chelsea future

ESPN staff
May 31, 2012
Romelu Lukaku: 'What I really need is three months to prove myself [at Chelsea]' © Getty Images

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku believes he deserves more chances to break through at the Stamford Bridge club - and he wants to make that point in a meeting with the new full-time manager.

Lukaku joined Chelsea from Anderlecht in August 2011 for a fee that could reportedly rise as high as £18 million, but managed just one start in the Premier League this season.

He is likely to be presented with more first-team chances next season when Didier Drogba is not around - assuming the permanent replacement for ex-boss Andre Villas-Boas opts not to sign a new striker - and the talented Belgian insists he is more than up to the task.

"I will need to talk to the coach about my future," Lukaku told the Daily Star. "I hope for a coach next year who gives chances to young players, not like last year. If he does not want to talk to me, then I'm considering a loan.

"But at the moment my focus is on Chelsea. I will go with them on summer tour and I hope to get some new chances. I think I deserved more chances at Chelsea. What I really need is three months to prove myself.

"Last year I played a game, then nothing for three weeks except games with the reserves and then I was on the bench. That is not easy for a young player. I also said that to Chelsea and they understood my concerns.

"I have become a better player though. I lost weight, I move a lot more on the field and I really think I have the ability to play for Chelsea."

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