Quick links


Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku open to Dortmund switch

Could Romelu Lukaku head from Chelsea to Dortmund along with Kevin de Bruyne?

Romelu Lukaku is currently the man of the moment after a superb season on loan at West Brom in which he scored more Premier League goals, 17, than any of Chelsea's strikers.

The thought of him returning to Chelsea currently has Blues fans buzzing, hoping he will be given a chance next season.

He still is yet to find out where he stands with incoming coach Jose Mourinho, and in an interview in his native Belgium he has illustrated that.

Speaking to Belgian football show Extra Time, he said:

"I'll start the season with Chelsea. Then I will speak with management to discuss the best choice. I am a realist. I still need to grow and for that I need to have time to play during the next season.

"Departure to Tottenham? No this is not possible because it is a direct competitor to Chelsea. Departure to Germany? Schalke 04 and Dortmund? Dortmund would be a good choice, especially as the club can still win the Champions League."

West Ham and Swansea have also been interested, but Lukaku is right to set his sights high if he is not included in Chelsea's plans next season.

What he does not specify is whether he would be open to a Dortmund switch permanently, or simply on loan, but given his clear admiration for the Bundesliga club, if he was not wanted at Chelsea then he would likely jump at the chance to sign for them if they wanted him.

Fellow Belgian Kevin de Bruyne, on loan from Chelsea to Werder Bremen, is said to be keen on securing a permanent move to Dortmund this summer - but can also be persuaded otherwise by Mourinho.

Our message for Chelsea fans is despite these comments, don't fear. Mourinho is no slouch in the transfer market and he will not want to alienate Lukaku, or indeed sell him.

Seeing as Didier Drogba was such a key figure in his Chelsea success the first time around, and given Lukaku's obvious similarities and young age and potential, it's likely he will have a key part to play.

If we are just talking a loan move, then Dortmund would be a shrewd choice for Lukaku, with Champions League football on offer, but given his incredible year at West Brom, it's surely time to throw him into the Chelsea first team and see what he can do, even if that means sidelining Torres or Ba.

What do you think of Lukaku's comments and his future prospects?

image: © nicksarebi

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch