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Lukaku unsure over Chelsea future

ESPN staff
May 21, 2013

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku remains uncertain whether he will return to West Bromwich Albion on loan next season.

Lukaku, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Anderlecht in 2011, endured a frustrating debut campaign with the Blues as he struggled for first-team football under first Andre Villas-Boas and then Roberto Di Matteo.

The 20-year-old Belgium international was allowed to spend the current season on loan with West Brom, and contributed 17 Premier League goals to help the club to an eighth-place finish.

It remains to be seen whether he will be required at Chelsea next season, with Jose Mourinho expected to take charge after his exit from Real Madrid was confirmed on Monday evening.

"It is out of my hands now," he said in the Express & Star. "I will go to the internationals, go on holiday with my friends and my missus and come back and train hard with my dad and then go to pre-season with Chelsea.

"We will see what happens. This club will always have a place in my heart. It's the club that put me in the spotlight and relaunched my career."

West Brom boss Steve Clarke, who acted as Mourinho's assistant during the Portuguese's previous stint at Chelsea, feels the striker could return to The Hawthorns.

"Rom will go back to Chelsea and, if Chelsea decide to let him out again on loan, I hope we have got a really good chance of bringing him back here," Clarke said.

Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder Thorgan Hazard is attracting interest from Anderlecht. The 20-year-old, the younger brother of Eden, has impressed during a loan spell with Zulte Waregem in his native Belgium this season.

Asked about the player, Anderlecht chairman Roger Vanden Stock said in De Standaard: "We have good contacts with Chelsea."

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